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Municipal Affairs
August 22, 2011

Central Newfoundland Communities to Receive Over $152,000 in Firefighting Equipment

The Provincial Government continues to place a priority on firefighting safety, with the announcement that equipment valued at more than $152,000 is destined for a number of fire halls throughout central Newfoundland.

“Our government is pleased to provide more than $122,000 to assist fire departments in the central region upgrade and modernize life-saving equipment,” said the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services. “When combined with the support of our municipal councils and local service district committees, over $152,000 worth of new tools will be at the disposal of area firefighters when needed. The Provincial Government continues to focus on matters of public safety and this investment helps to further protect residents and volunteers alike.”

Funding for these equipment acquisitions comes from 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.

Ten fire departments will acquire new firefighting equipment as follows:

Department Equipment Cost-Share Ratio Provincial Share Project Total
Buchans Junction Paging system 90/10 $9,812 $11,407
Bishop’s Falls 4 complete bunker suits 80/20 $5,132 $6,712
Leading Tickles 6 air cylinders 90/10 $4,986 $5,796
Point Leamington 2 Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA), 2 air cylinders, 2 face pieces, 3 bunker jackets and pants 90/10 $12,215 $14,200
Point of Bay 31 horsepower portable pump 90/10 $15,858 $ 18,435
Benton 3 complete bunker suits, 2 air cylinders, 1 SCBA 90/10 $9,493 $11,036
Gander 7 SCBA, 7 cylinders 70/30 $21,486 $32,114
Browns Arm 3 cylinders, associated hose fittings 90/10 $2,848 $3,310
Lewisporte 20 horse power portable pump, 2 SCBA 90/10 $13,457 $17,599
Fogo 31 horse power portable pump, extrication equipment and associated lift bags 90/10 $27,151 $31,565

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 introduced to acknowledge the commitment of the men and women in the volunteer fire service. This year, the Provincial Government has allocated more than $6 million towards the municipal fire service this year.

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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 22                                                                          12:05 p.m.

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