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Making the announcement of a new firefighting pumper for the Port au Port region. From left: Tony Cornect, MHA for Port au Port; Bill Abbott, fire chief; Brian Bennett, mayor of Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove; Kevin O’Brien, municipal affairs minister, Eileen Hann, mayor of Port au Port East; and Michael McCann, councillor of Port au Port East.
Kevin O’Brien, municipal affairs minister, toured Bay St. George on Friday to announce government investments in firefighting and municipal infrastructure.
He started the day off in Stephenville, where he announced funding to purchase a new four-door pumper truck, which will be purchased by the town to serve Stephenville and help augment service to the region.
The town will avail of the 80/20 cost-share arrangement with the province to purchase the vehicle.
“This new vehicle, which is valued at approximately $230,000 and will be delivered in 2013, will not only serve Stephenville but will also provide assistance to the Bay St. George area,” he said, in a prepared release.
“Our government is committed to assisting our towns and communities in providing important emergency and fire services to residents.”
This new firefighting vehicle is intended to assist the region in the event of a large-scale emergency. Under the Emergency Services Act, communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador were required to have emergency management plans in place by May, 2012.
The town of Stephenville is the proponent and caretaker of the Bay St. George/ Port au Port Peninsula regional emergency management plan, which was approved and adopted in the area well ahead of this year’s legislated deadline.
It was then on to the Town of Port au Port East, where it was announced a new firefighting pumper truck would be purchased.
“I commend the municipal councils of Port au Port East and Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove for coming together to provide the best level of fire protection services possible to residents,” said Minister O’Brien, in another prepared release.
“Regionalization of fire protection services is, at times, the most effective, efficient means to provide adequate services and my officials stand ready to assist communities in figuring out the best way forward. I am pleased to support the efforts of the councils and their fire department by providing this significant funding to purchase a new pumper truck.”
“Ensuring our communities have the appropriate municipal infrastructure is of utmost importance so that residents have the best service from their municipal governments.” Minister Kevin O’Brien
The four-door pumper truck, valued at approximately $230,000, will assist in providing fire protection services to Port au Port East and Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove, as well as other communities in the area.
Following that announcement, the minister travelled to the Area Development Office in McKay’s, Bay St. George South, where he announced approximately $1.1 million in municipal funding for area communities.
“One of the projects we are pleased to support is the engineering design for a new municipal building and fire hall for Bay St. George South,” said Minister O’Brien, in a third prepared release.
“Ensuring our communities have the appropriate municipal infrastructure is of utmost importance so that residents have the best service from their municipal governments.”
Stephenville Crossing will receive funding to upgrade a sewage pump station and wells and, as previously announced, the Town of Stephenville will carry out improvements to the Regional Aquatic Centre, including roof replacement and mechanical and ventilation upgrades.
Communities will share the cost of the project based on population, with the Provincial Government providing 80 per cent of the total cost for the Town of Stephenville and 90 per cent for Stephenville Crossing and Bay St. George South.