Liverpool Fire Department to use $20,000 for new life-saving equipment

Liverpool fire truck parked in station
Liverpool fire truck. Photo by Ed Halverson.
Ed Halverson - QCCR/CJQC - LiverpoolNS | 14-10-2021
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print

The Liverpool Fire department will be more nimble in their responses thanks to a $20,000 provincial grant.

The fire service is one of 65 organizations across Nova Scotia that will benefit from the Emergency Services Provider Fund.

Captain John Long says the department will be replacing their existing hydraulic combination cutter/jaws of life tool and ram with new lightweight battery powered models.

“It’s going to make us much more versatile,” said Long. “For that car that’s 300 meters well off the road that’s really hard to get to, this certainly makes life a lot easier.”

Long says the equipment will be ordered right away but is concerned shortages in manufacturing caused by the pandemic could delay delivery.

“But I’m not sure,” said Long. “If they have them on the shelf, within a few weeks. If they don’t, who knows?”

Long says they’ve been using the existing hydraulic tools for years.

They are still fully functional and will continue to be used until the new equipment arrives.

Twitter: @edwardhalverson

To listen to the broadcast of this story, press play below.