STEPHENVILLE — The new firefighting pumper truck announced for Stephenville in November 2012 for a delivery date in 2013 is now going to take a little longer to arrive.
Kevin O’Brien, minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, made the announcement for the new truck at the Stephenville Fire Department in front of firefighters and representatives of the Stephenville town council.
He said at the time this new vehicle would not only serve Stephenville, but also provide assistance to the Bay St. George area.
During a recent meeting the Stephenville town council approved the purchase of the new pumper truck relating to recommendations of Fire and Emergency Services in a letter dated Oct. 14.
At its regular council meeting, the town accepted a tender from Camions Carl Thibault Inc. in the amount of $238,672.95 for the purchase of the truck.
Mayor Tom O’Brien said the delivery of the vehicle is to be completed now by May 31, 2014.
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 of 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 last year’s legislated deadline.