The Eel Brook and Districts Fire Department have received the keys to Truck #14 at the Yarmouth Fire Hall.
With the Yarmouth Department welcoming its new Heavy Rescue Unit earlier this month, a decision was made to sell the truck it was replacing to a local volunteer department.
At a cost of $1, the Eel Brook Fire Department is now the owner of the 1988 GMC 700, which will now serve that district and still be available to assist where needed anywhere in Yarmouth County, states a media release from the town.
This $1 transaction represents a new way for the Yarmouth Department to support its volunteer partners by passing down various fire apparatus that is still useful and valuable says Yarmouth Fire Chief John Verrall.
"In the past, trucks like #14 were put up for sale. Being able to hand over a unit like this improves other volunteer fleets in the county,” he says. “Departments like Eel Brook always help us during larger calls when firefighters and equipment are needed, so having this truck placed in their hall makes a great deal of sense from a public safety perspective".
While Truck #14 clocks in at just over 30 years old, the unit is in very good condition and still provides a solid complement to its new owners.
Eel Brook Department Chief Jonathan LeBlanc was happy to jump in the cab and deliver it to his station.
"Obtaining this vehicle helps us upgrade our fleet with a more reliable vehicle and we very much appreciate what the Yarmouth Department is doing for us in this situation,” he said. "We also have our energy and resources tied up with building a new hall, so to receive this unit now is very helpful for our department."
Like the exchange that allowed Truck #14 to move to its new home, the Amirault's Hill/Hubbard's Point Fire Department will now receive a unit from Eel Brook, also for one dollar.
As for the Yarmouth Fire Department’s new equipment, it has welcomed a 2019 Pierce Heavy Rescue unit to its firefighter fleet. The cutting edge unit was manufactured by MAXIMETAL and purchased from Micmac Fire & Safety in Dartmouth. The Pierce Heavy Rescue brings a variety of improvements and features that will make rescue work both safer and more efficient for town firefighters.
The new unit was paid for by Town of Yarmouth at a cost of $690,000 and will serve the entire Yarmouth fire district, which includes a large portion of the Municipality of Yarmouth.