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Municipal Affairs
June 30, 2011

Norman’s Cove-Long Cove and Bishop’s Falls to Receive New Firefighting Vehicles

The communities of Norman’s Cove-Long Cove and Bishop’s Falls will receive new firefighting vehicles this year, as part of the Provincial Government’s unprecedented investment in the municipal fire service.

“Our firefighters provide an invaluable service to the residents of our province,” said the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services. “We have received many requests to assist towns and communities in purchasing these vehicles. Our government remains committed to helping communities provide the tools our firefighters need to deliver the best level of service possible.”

Norman’s Cove-Long Cove has been approved to purchase a rescue vehicle, while Bishop’s Falls will acquire a new pumper truck.

“The increased capacity for emergency response and fire protection that comes with this new vehicle is great news for Norman’s Cove-Long Cove and the surrounding communities,” said Calvin Peach, MHA for Bellevue. “The firefighters in the Bellevue area give generously of their time and provide a great benefit to the people they serve. I am very pleased with the announcement of a rescue vehicle for this area.”

Public tenders for the new vehicles will be let this summer, with delivery expected to begin in 2012. Norman’s Cove-Long Cove will take advantage of a 90/10 cost-share arrangement with the Provincial Government to purchase the equipment. Bishop’s Falls will avail of the 80/20 cost-share arrangement based on the community’s population.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our communities and the Bishop’s Falls firefighters rival any other group with their dedication, commitment, and professionalism,” said Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits. “The whole community is thankful for the continued efforts of our volunteer firefighters. This investment is another great example of our government’s commitment to keeping the people of the province safe.”

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador provides a historic investment in the municipal fire service. An investment of $3.9 million has been allocated for new firefighting vehicles, as well as a continued $1 million allocation to fund equipment needs to assist communities. With the addition of a new Provincial Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit to acknowledge the commitment of the men and women in the volunteer fire service, the Provincial Government has allocated more than $6 million towards the municipal fire service this year.

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2011 06 30                                                                           11:55 a.m.

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