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November 24, 2009

Fire Truck Funding Approved for Lumsden

The Town of Lumsden will receive a new pumper truck with a value of $240,000, through a partnership with the Provincial Government.

�The Provincial Government is pleased to partner with the Town of Lumsden and their local fire department to enhance fire protection for residents through the purchase of a state of the art pumper truck,� said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services � Newfoundland and Labrador (Acting). �Strong fire protection services require that firefighters have the necessary equipment to protect homes, businesses and the environment.�

The new truck will be cost-shared at a 90/10 ratio between the province and the town. The Provincial Government will contribute $206,443, while the Town of Lumsden will add $22,938. Including the utilization of a GST rebate of $10,619, the total cost of the truck is approximately $240,000.

�I am pleased to see that funding has been approved by our Provincial Government for the new pumper fire truck for Lumsden,� said Harry Harding, MHA for the District of Bonavista North. �The replacement of their 38-year old truck will mean a more reliable and effective fire protection service for Lumsden, Cape Freel�s and Deadman�s Bay.�

The truck purchase is part of the $1.7 million allocation for fire equipment in the 2009-10 Municipal Capital Works Program. The Provincial Government and Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador have announced in excess of $1 million in fire trucks and equipment in communities throughout the province this year.

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 697-4137
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2009 11 24                                                   10:25 a.m.

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