New Fire Truck for Residents of Bell Island Unveiled
A new firefighting vehicle valued at $232,240 rolled off the docks at Bell Island today, to the anticipation of onlookers. The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, officially presented the keys of the new vehicle to community leaders. Minister O’Brien was joined by Conception Bay East-Bell Island MHA David Brazil, Wabana Mayor Gary Gosine, Fire Chief Jim Pendergast and members of both the municipal council and volunteer fire department.
“This new firefighting vehicle is the result of a successful partnership between our government and the Town of Wabana for the benefit of all residents of Bell Island,” said Minister O’Brien. “I was so pleased to see residents, community leaders, and firefighters past and present come out today to mark this occasion. This government values the commitment and dedication of our firefighters and, through strong municipal partnerships, we are intent on ensuring they are able to protect their communities when challenges arise.”
The firefighting vehicle delivered today to Wabana was funded through the 90/10 cost-shared ratio established under the Municipal Capital Works program. The new fire truck is a four-door pumper containing a 300 horsepower diesel engine. In addition, the vehicle contains a 1,000 gallon water tank and a class A foam system to provide modern fire suppression and protection.
“This is an important day for the town of Wabana and the community of Bell Island,” noted MHA Brazil. “The delivery of this valuable, life-saving equipment will be a testament to the continued growth of this community and the value the Provincial Government places on volunteer fire departments and citizens’ safety. This truck will modernize the firefighting capabilities of our community. We are extremely happy to be able to partner with the community to enhance the safety and security of the region.”
“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the council, volunteer firefighters and community volunteers for their efforts,” added Minister O’Brien. “Today’s event certainly highlights a significant step forward in the first response capabilities of the local fire department and our government is pleased to play such an integral role in this success.”
Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador provides a historic investment in the municipal fire service. While continuing a $1 million commitment to fund equipment needs, an unprecedented $3.9 million has been allocated for new firefighting vehicles throughout the province in the coming year.
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Photo: The Honourable, Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Fire Chief Jim Pendergast, Conception Bay East Bell Island MHA David Brazil, and Fire Commissioner Fred Hollett are joined by members of the Wabana Volunteer Fire Department for the presentation of their new fire truck.
Public Relations Specialist
Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador
Government Members Office
2011 05 27 1:20 p.m.