For Immediate Release
October 1, 2015
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL – This fall, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be acquiring new extrication (Jaws of Life) equipment as well as a new pumper truck. Both acquisitions will greatly enhance fire and emergency response in the community.
Funding in the amount of $37,375 for the Jaws of Life is being provided under the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fire Protection Financial Assistance Grant program. The equipment will be used to service the Upper Lake Melville region, as well as up to 150 kilometers outside of the municipality (west and south on the Trans-Labrador Highway). It will become the town’s second set of Jaws of Life equipment, enabling firefighters to respond to emergency situations more effectively and efficiently.
Funding for the new pumper truck was included in the capacity agreement established between the town and the Province. The truck, expected to arrive before the middle of October, will replace one that has serviced the community since 1978.
Both initiatives are cost shared on a 70-30 basis, with the Province providing the bulk of the funding.
“Our firefighters go above and beyond to provide fire and emergency services to all residents,” said Mayor Snook. “The additional Jaws of Life equipment and new pumper truck will enable our firefighters to increase their fire and emergency response capacity.”
“The continued support of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services is greatly appreciated in enabling our town to upgrade and enhance its emergency response equipment to provide this essential service to our residents,” added Coun. Tony Chubbs, Chair of the Environmental and Emergency Services Committee.
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For more information, please contact:
Public Relations & Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay