Province announces funding towards new Rescue Pumper for Corner Brook.

ON FRIDAY I, along with members of City Council, Management and Corner Brook firefighters joined Ministers Eddie Joyce and Gerry Byrne at a funding announcement.

On behalf of Council, staff and residents we sincerely appreciate and want to thank our provincial government partners and in particular Ministers Joyce and Byrne, for their support and significant investment in a new fire truck that will serve Corner Brook for years to come.

The Corner Brook Fire Department and the equipment they use is essential to ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of residents.

The fire department responds on average in-excess of 350 calls annually.

· In 2015 firefighters responded to 359 calls

· 2016 – 395 calls

· That number is steadily increasing.

· In 2017 there is yet another increase of 29 incidents over last year, at this time, for a total of 217 calls to date.

The Fire Department Responds To:

· Structural, industrial, motor vehicle,

· marine, wildland fire suppression;

· vehicle extrication and rescue;

· hazardous materials;

· industrial accidents;

· utility emergencies;

· fire and suppression system alarms;

· water, high angle, and confine space rescue services

The range of services provided by the Fire Department makes this fire truck purchase essential to serving our residents.

Our equipment experiences a high degree of stress mainly due to regular use.

We are at the point after a comprehensive analysis that a new truck is a conclusion that makes financial sense.

In planning for a new vehicle our Council allocated $200,000 in our reserve over the past 2 budget years and we hope and anticipate the next council will continue to commit the additional funds required to complete the purchase as quickly as possible.

A new truck is estimated to cost in excess of $500,000.

The residents of Corner Brook understand that a good and safe community relies on partnerships, and they expect a strong partnership between the province and City to improve their community.

 

Long-term investments in equipment is essential to safety vitality, strength and growth in our community.

Today, we commend the provincial government for working together for the citizens of Corner Brook and supporting the protection of

· life,

· property and

· the environment.

Again, on behalf of council, management , our Fire Department and our residents, we are very pleased to receive this $186, 000 in provincial funding that, combined with an additional $ 350 000 in city funding, will see us able to have a new rescue pumper valued at just over $500 000 delivered to the CBFD with a target date of Spring of 2018.

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