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Fire-fighting equipment donated to nearby town

Elizabeth MacDonald photo Attending the ceremony that saw the Town of Long Harbour-Mount Arlington Heights donate their 1980 pumper fire truck to the Town of Fox Harbour were (l-r) Placentia-St. Mary’s MHA Felix Collins, Long Harbour Fire Chief Wally Burke, Fox Harbour Mayor Jack Maher, Long Harbour Mayor Gary Keating and Long Harbour fire fighter Don Norman.

Sometimes it seems generosity is one of the only things keeping rural Newfoundland and Labrador going.

The Town of Fox Harbour is the recent recipient of a ‘new’ pumper truck for their fire department, donated by the Town of Long Harbour-Mount Arlington Heights.

Fox Harbour Mayor Jack Maher says the addition to their fire fighting inventory is a much needed piece of equipment that will not only benefit their town but also nearby Ship Harbour.

“Right now all we have is a 1967 Fargo truck, so this is a big step up for us,” says Mayor Maher, who also doubles as the town’s fire chief. “We had approached the town of Long Harbour when we heard they may be donating their truck, and asked if they would consider putting our town at the top of the list. Now if we get called on, we can respond appropriately, and we can be there to back up our nearest neighbour, Ship Harbour.”

The town of Long Harbour held a little ceremony on Sept. 25 to mark the occasion and hand over the keys, followed by snacks and beverages for those attending.

Long Harbour is near the site of the new nickel processing plant currently under construction operated by Vale. Last year, the town received a brand new fire truck donated by Vale, and that vehicle will be used as back up for the construction site, which also has its own on site equipment in case of emergency. That meant the pumper truck the town already had was no longer needed by Long Harbour, which also saw Vale donate money to the town to build a new fire station.

Long Harbour Mayor Gary Keating said he was glad that town was able to spread the wealth a little to neighbouring communities.

“Last year, Vale donated a new state-of-the-art fire truck and a new hall for the fire department. It has taken just about a year to get all our fire fighters trained on the new equipment, and now that they are, we can donate our old truck to someone else in need.”

Mayor Keating notes Fox Harbour was on their radar and seem a good fit for the new truck.

“We are pleased to give this vehicle away to Fox Harbour. It is a 1980 vehicle and has only been used in about six or seven events. She is still in good shape, especially for a fire truck,” says Mayor Keating. “And it feels really good to share, especially with something as important as life-saving equipment. We were fortunate to have such a wonderful contribution to our town from Vale, so it makes us happy to be able to pass that good will on to others.”

Following the celebratory event, Mayor Maher drove the truck back to Fox Harbour where it will be maintained and ready to perform, should an emergency arise.

Organizations: Town of Fox Harbour, Town of Long Harbour-Mount Arlington Heights

Geographic location: Fox Harbour, Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

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