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Chase the Ace helps fire department

Burgeo’s Deputy Fire Chief Dave Macdonald and its 1991 GMC fire truck.
Burgeo’s Deputy Fire Chief Dave Macdonald and its 1991 GMC fire truck.

Many volunteer fire departments rely on fundraising activities to purchase needed equipment and Burgeo’s department is no exception.

With the present Burgeo fire truck, a GMC 1991 model, being more than 25 years old, it is starting to show more than age spots. 

The tank and pipes are made of iron and arestarting to leak, causing major problems for the local fire department. If the town were to replace the tank, all of the piping in the truck would also have to be replaced and Burgeo would still have a truck that is more than 25 years old. 

Firefighters are no longer permitted to ride on the back of this model for safety reasons whereas newer trucks are updated with more safety features.

Another problem with being located in an isolated town like Burgeo is the terrible, deplorable condition of Route 480. 

If a major fire were to start, it would be very unlikely that towns like Stephenville would send their fire equipment over the road to assist.

With the current budget situation, it is also unlikely that the provincial government will be in a position to help the town buy a new fire truck. This leaves the department to fundraise in order to purchase a new truck on its own. 

The estimated cost of a new fire truck is in between $320,000-$370,000.

The Burgeo Volunteer Fire Department played "Chase the Ace" and on June 6 Maurice Lushman drew  the ace and won $32,827.50.  

Over the course of the event, the department took in a grand total of $109,395.00. Out of this they paid the ace pot $32,827.50 and a total of $21,886 in weekly door prizes. The expense included license fees of $547.14 and tickets of $1,431.77. This left the fire department with a total of $52,702.59  raised towards a new fire truck.

The Fire department has a new license and will start playing "Chase the Ace" again July 25. 

info@gulfnews.ca

With the present Burgeo fire truck, a GMC 1991 model, being more than 25 years old, it is starting to show more than age spots. 

The tank and pipes are made of iron and arestarting to leak, causing major problems for the local fire department. If the town were to replace the tank, all of the piping in the truck would also have to be replaced and Burgeo would still have a truck that is more than 25 years old. 

Firefighters are no longer permitted to ride on the back of this model for safety reasons whereas newer trucks are updated with more safety features.

Another problem with being located in an isolated town like Burgeo is the terrible, deplorable condition of Route 480. 

If a major fire were to start, it would be very unlikely that towns like Stephenville would send their fire equipment over the road to assist.

With the current budget situation, it is also unlikely that the provincial government will be in a position to help the town buy a new fire truck. This leaves the department to fundraise in order to purchase a new truck on its own. 

The estimated cost of a new fire truck is in between $320,000-$370,000.

The Burgeo Volunteer Fire Department played "Chase the Ace" and on June 6 Maurice Lushman drew  the ace and won $32,827.50.  

Over the course of the event, the department took in a grand total of $109,395.00. Out of this they paid the ace pot $32,827.50 and a total of $21,886 in weekly door prizes. The expense included license fees of $547.14 and tickets of $1,431.77. This left the fire department with a total of $52,702.59  raised towards a new fire truck.

The Fire department has a new license and will start playing "Chase the Ace" again July 25. 

info@gulfnews.ca

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