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Town of Lewisporte moving forward with fire department regionalism

Lewisporte Fire Rescue Chief Rob Fudge pictured with one of the department’s pumper trucks is one of the many people working towards making regional fire services a reality.
Lewisporte Fire Rescue Chief Rob Fudge pictured with one of the department’s pumper trucks is one of the many people working towards making regional fire services a reality.

Plans are moving forward to bring regional fire services together for eight communities in central Newfoundland.

Lewisporte, Laurenceton, Brown’s Arm, Embree, Little Burnt Bay, Comfort Cove-Newstead, Campbellton and Loon Bay are on board with fire department regionalization.

During the April 25 Lewisporte town council meeting, town manager Brian Peckford spoke on the benefit of regional fire services.

Lewisporte has held meetings with the other communities and has mutual aid agreements signed with six of the seven towns.

Fire and Emergency Services will now work with the departments involved to assess the cost of regionalization, what equipment will be needed by the regional department and to what extent each individual department will operate.

“A regional fire department will have one shared administration, one common communication system and when applying for government funding a regional department can receive an extra 10 per cent covered by government for equipment,” Peckford said.

Lewisporte Fire Rescue Chief Rob Fudge has been collecting information from neighbouring fire departments regarding training records, active members, equipment inventory and other related areas of operation.

“It has challenges, but we want to move forward and this is the best choice for fire protection for the area,” Peckford said.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

 

Lewisporte Fire Rescue report

Lewisporte Fire Rescue Chief Rob Fudge attended the April 24 town council meeting to give a report on fire calls.

So far this year there have been 19 calls to the department — 11 of those were out of town calls. That number is up slightly from 2016 when 17 calls for the same time period were recorded.

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