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August 9, 2010

Provincial Government Makes Significant Investment in Firefighting Vehicles

Eleven communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from a Provincial Government investment of approximately $2.5 million for new firefighting vehicles. The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services — Newfoundland and Labrador, has notified communities of their successful applications under the Fire Protection Infrastructure Program.

"The Williams Government has made great strides in advancing fire services in the province, recognizing the need to replace a number of vehicles currently in operation," said Minister Whalen. "The increased funding afforded through this year's budget has allowed us to continue replacement of pumpers and tankers, in addition to tender calls for new rescue vehicles and a new aerial ladder truck."

Combined with the Provincial Government allocation of $2.5 million, municipalities will contribute $369,671 for a total investment of approximately $2.8 million. These municipal contributions are based on the established Municipal Capital Works cost-share ratios determined by population. Public tenders for the new vehicles will be let in the near future, with delivery expected to begin in early 2011.

The following is a list of communities to receive vehicles in this fiscal year:

Community vehicle Ratio
Carbonear Aerial Ladder Unit 80/20
Harcourt Tanker 90/10
Northern Arm Tanker 90/10
Burnt Islands Pumper 90/10
Carmanville Pumper 90/10
Forteau Pumper 90/10
Hampden Pumper 90/10
Wabana Pumper 90/10
Buchans Rescue 90/10
Marystown Rescue 80/20
Trinity Bay North Rescue 90/10

"While a new fire truck is certainly an integral piece in improving fire service, it also takes equipment, training and a core group of devoted men and women, dedicated to the protection of their communities," said Minister Whalen. "Our government continues to place priority on the modernization of the province's fleet of firefighting vehicles and through Fire and Emergency Services — Newfoundland and Labrador, strives to support communities through training initiatives and to promote recruitment and retention efforts within the volunteer fire service."

Budget 2010: The Right Investments — For Our Children and Our Future provides $2.5 million in Provincial Government funding for firefighting vehicle expenditures throughout the province. In addition, the government has allocated a further $1 million in funding for essential life saving equipment for fire departments, with a focus on personal protective gear for firefighters.

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Media contact:
Cheryl Gullage
Public Relations Specialist
Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-0857, 631-9962 

2010 08 09                                                    2:35 p.m.

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