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June 1, 2009
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New Equipment for North Shore Volunteer Fire Department

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The North Shore Volunteer Fire Department has purchased an eighteen-foot Heavy Rescue and Mobile Command Post, through funding from the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) and a major community fundraising initiative.

The total cost of the unit was $220,000. The North Shore Rural Community Fire Company raised $150,000 through fire dues and public donations, and $40,000 came from Public Safety Canada through the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program.

The Command Post will contain the jaws of life, high angle and confined space equipment, a portable generator and external lighting system, haz-mat equipment, and communications devices such as mobile radios, marine radios, laptop computers, a G.P.S. unit with mapping capabilities and cellular phones/fax.

Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister responsible for the PEI Office of Public Safety recently paid a visit to the North Shore Volunteer Fire Department to view the new equipment.

“I want to congratulate the North Shore Volunteer Fire Department for their work to raise $150,000 towards a much-needed Mobile Command Post and Heavy Rescue Unit,” said Minister Bertram. “The 30 volunteer members with the department have experience and extensive training in various non-fire related incidents. With its multipurpose function, this unit will be a great asset to them and to other emergency service providers on the central north shore of the Island.”

“I am delighted to announce that Prince Edward Island received $40,000 through the Government of Canada’s Joint Emergency Preparedness Plan for this project,” said Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan. “This Government is working hard to make sure Canadians are prepared in case an emergency strikes. The entire province will benefit from projects like that of the North River Fire Department, which contribute to enhancing nation-wide emergency response capacity.”

“The role of the fire service has expanded over the years to include many types of incidents that may require services,” said Andrew Morrow, President of the North Shore Rural Community Fire Company. “We are especially pleased because the unit now can be used as an Incident Command Centre for any major emergency situation and can also be available to our mutual aid partners: New Glasgow Fire Department, East River Fire Department, North River Fire Department, Charlottetown Fire Department Station #2, Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Minister Bertram also announced that Public Safety Canada contributed JEPP funding to the following PEI projects:

Community of Palmer Road ~ $ 2,528.22, Generator

Community of Breadalbane ~ $ 3,894.22, Generator

Community of Miscouche ~ $ 1,590.41, Generator

Community of North Shore ~ $10,000.00, Generator

Alberton Volunteer Fire Department ~ $ 7,945.50, Thermal Imager

The Joint Emergency Preparedness Program is a federal government initiative designed to reduce injuries and loss of human life, property damage, and to assure the continuation of critical services in an emergency through investments in emergency preparedness and critical infrastructure protection projects. The PEI Office of Public Safety jointly administers the program with Public Safety Canada and is the primary contact through which municipalities and provincial government agencies access the program.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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