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Municipal Affairs
June 13, 2011

Marystown Officially Receives New Fire Rescue Vehicle

A new fire rescue vehicle is now on site in the Town of Marystown. The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, was at the Marystown Fire Hall today to officially present town officials with the keys. Minister O’Brien was joined by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and MHA for Burin-Placentia West, Mayor Sam Synard, and members of the Marystown Volunteer Fire Department.

“Developing strong municipal partnerships is a priority for the Provincial Government,” said Minister O’Brien. “It is through well-established relationships with our towns and fire departments that we are helping to provide safer communities for residents. Today’s event is a celebration with the Town of Marystown to mark improved equipment services for the region.”

Valued at more than $197,000, the new vehicle contains a diesel engine with 260 horsepower and an automatic transmission. Designed to function as a command post for emergency incident, it contains enough space to transport seven fully-equipped firefighters and features rear and side entrances.

“The Marystown Fire Department has a strong and proud history of delivering top-quality volunteer service to their neighbours and friends, all with the support of their municipality,” said Minister Jackman. “I take great pride in being part of a government that not only recognizes the contributions of our volunteer firefighters, but also assists in providing the tools they need to do their job effectively.”

Funding for the fire rescue vehicle was shared between the Provincial Government and the Town of Marystown, through the established 80/20 cost-shared ratio.

“Our new rescue vehicle is an impressive piece of machinery,” said Mayor Synard. “The Town of Marystown is pleased to join with the Provincial Government to help improve fire and emergency response on the Burin Peninsula. Businesses and residents recognize the dedication of our firefighters and are honoured to join with them today to celebrate another milestone.”

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: Marystown Mayor Sam Synard, Fire Chief Alex Coady, pose with Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O'Brien and Fisheries Minister and Burin Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman and the new fire rescue vehicle.

Media contacts:

Cheryl Gullage
Public Relations Specialist
Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-0857, 631-9962
Janice Brushett
Executive Assistant to
the Honourable Clyde Jackman
MHA for Burin-Placentia West
Sam Synard
Town of Marystown

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