The Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department unveiled its new fire truck yesterday (Oct. 24) at its Fire Hall on the Conception Bay Highway.
The Spaniard's Bay Fire Department unveilled a refurbished pumper truck they received earlier this week at an Oct. 24 event at the fire hall.
The refurbished fire rescue vehicle was revealed to a crowd of some 30 residents who stopped by to take a look at the new vehicle and support their local department of 39 years.
Originally, the new truck — which has the same pumper capabilities as the department pumper truck — came from Seminole County in Florida, but was purchased from EastCan Fire Equipment in New Brunswick. The business sells used fire vehicles from all over North America to other fire departments.
Mayor Wayne Smith announced his pride for purchasing the vehicle and for the way it was acquired in a speech to the crowd.
“When we found out we were 82 on the list to receive funding for a new fire truck, the fire department and council decided we needed a “plan B,” Smith explained.
A meeting took place between the fire department, council and MHA Glenn Littlejohn, who decided they would purchase a refurbished truck.
Smith explained it was an easy decision for the council to approve, since the vehicle would, “serve the needs of the department and community for years to come…”
He described the growth of the community, the new commercial park on the Veteran’s Memorial Highway and extensive partnerships with neighbouring communities for help during emergency calls, demonstrating the truck was essential to the department.
Town Manager Tony Ryan said the next item the department and town expect to replace is a 1985 4x4 rescue vehicle, but a time frame on a purchase was not available.