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Municipal Affairs
August 18, 2011

Avalon Peninsula and Northeast Coast Communities Receive Over $230,000
in Firefighting Equipment Funding

Firefighting equipment valued at more than $230,000 will benefit a number of communities throughout the Avalon Peninsula and northeast coast, as the Provincial Government’s focus on firefighting safety continues.

“Municipal fire departments throughout Newfoundland and Labrador provide phenomenal service to the people and businesses in their communities,” said the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services. “We are pleased to provide close to $200,000 to help communities purchase over $230,000 in essential firefighting equipment. Our government is committed to assisting our towns, communities, and regions to provide the best level of fire protection available.”

Funding is provided through the Provincial Firefighting Equipment Financial Assistance Program administered by Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador (FES-NL). Fire departments successful in receiving funding have applied for the program with the support of their municipal council and have committed to cover their portion of the equipment through the previously established cost share ratios.

Fifteen fire departments will acquire new firefighting equipment as follows:

Department Equipment Cost-Share Ratio Provincial Share Project Total
Wabana 8 Bunker jackets and pants, 8 helmets, 8 gloves, 8 Nomex hoods, 2 Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA), 2 air cylinders 90/10 $22,060 $25,646
Carbonear 3 SCBA, 4 air cylinders, and aerial fittings 80/20 $15,287 $19,994
Victoria 5 Bunker jackets and pants, 3 SCBA 90/10 $19,620 $22,809
Aspen Cove 2 SCBA 90/10 $8,155 $9,480
Carmanville 2 SCBA, 2 air cylinders 90/10 $10,478 $12,181
Wing’s Point Communications equipment 90/10 $15,637 $18,179
Birchy Cove 6 Bunker jackets and pants, 6 boots, 2 SCBA 90/10 $17,631 $20,496
Lethbridge 2 Bunker jackets and pants, 1 set of boots, 1 SCBA 90/10 $6,050 $7,034
Trinity Bay North 2 Complete bunker suits, 2 SCBA 90/10 $13,588 $15,797
Brigus 2 SCBA 90/10 $8,155 $9,480
Hant’s Harbour 2 SCBA 90/10 $7,916 $9,202
Heart’s Content 4 SCBA, 4 air cylinders 90/10 $17,802 $20,696
Winterton 6 Bunker jackets and pants, 2 SCBA with aluminum cylinders 90/10 $15,689 $18,239
Harcourt 2 SCBA 90/10 $9,711 $11,288
Hillview 2 SCBA 90/10 $8,942 $10,396

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador maintains a $1 million allocation to fund equipment needs to assist communities, as part of an unprecedented investment in the municipal fire service. Additionally, $3.9 million has been allocated for new firefighting vehicles and a new Provincial Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit has been introduced to acknowledge the commitment of the men and women in the volunteer fire service. In total, the Provincial Government has allocated more than $6 million this year towards the municipal fire service.

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

2011 08 18                                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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