CBFD continues to provide high quality response to City
Written by Administrator on June 26, 2015
The City of Corner Brook is assuring residents that the Corner Brook Fire Department has the resources to adequately respond to all fire and emergency calls within the City. While the breakdown and resulting decommissioning of the 1988 pumper truck has prompted the City to implement a temporary restriction on out of jurisdiction fire calls, the response levels within the City have not been reduced.
The Fire Chief Neville Wheaton states “The Corner Brook Fire Department is able to reconfigure our equipment response protocols to reflect the unavailability of the decommissioned unit. The unit that has been removed from service was not required for primary or secondary response and would only be utilized for back-up to a secondary response.”
The Mayor and Council continue to have a great level of confidence in the ability of the Corner Brook Fire Department and all of its staff to provide an exceptionally high level of service. Mayor Charles Pender states “Our firefighters are highly trained and qualified individuals that have proven their ability to provide fire and emergency services to the City and adjacent areas. While the loss of the pumper is a disappointment, our residents will continue to experience the same level of protection that have had in the past. It is disappointing to hear the Acting President of the Local IAFF 1222 imply that our fire department is desperate for equipment and unable to respond to an emergency as we have made significant investments in our personnel and firefighting equipment over the years and we intend to continue doing so.”
In 2013 the City took possession of its newest pumper truck at a total cost of $429,230.50. The City received funding from FES-NL in the amount of $155,000 for this purchase. The City has again approached the Province for financial assistance for the acquisition of a new pumper truck.
The Fire Department 2015 annual budget is in excess of $3,800,000 and includes regular commitments for ongoing equipment purchase and maintenance for vehicles, such as nozzles, hoses, portable pumps, breathing apparatus, water monitor, and high angle rescue equipment. The City
In 2015, the budget also includes $50,000 in funding to commission a Fire Services study. This study is intended to provide management and Council with the information needed to ensure adequate resources are deployed to the fire department.
Capital requirements within the City must be balanced by Council to meet the overall needs and objectives of the City. With limited budgets and financial resources, Council must make decisions that reflect the financial and economic realities of the City. Council and staff are working to identify opportunities and sources of funding to acquire a replacement pumper and maintain our confidence in the ability of the fire department to protect the City, its residents and property.