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Conception Bay South Fire Department Prepared for Inland Water Rescue

With the transfer of ownership of the Inner Harbour to the Town of Conception Bay South, it became evident there was a need to expand the capacity of the Conception Bay South Fire Department to include water rescue. With over 2.3 million square meters of fresh water within the boundaries of Conception Bay South, the potential for a water related incident is ever-present.

The Conception Bay South Fire Department has been involved in Ice Water Rescue for a number of years with much of the equipment and training relevant to open water rescue. With the support of Council, the Conception Bay South Fire Department purchased a 15-foot inflatable boat with a 9.9 HP motor and trailer. This package is ideal for fresh water response - extremely maneuverable and can be deployed very rapidly in areas where a boat may be required to facilitate a rescue. The open water of Conception Bay is well covered by larger fast rescue craft from the Canadian Coast Guard, allowing the Conception Bay South Fire Department to focus strictly on areas of fresh water within our boundaries.

With their initial training now completed, the Conception Bay South Fire Department is extremely pleased to be able to offer this service for the protection of the residents of Conception Bay South. You are likely to see members of the Conception Bay South Fire Department throughout the summer in various bodies of fresh water as they continue their training and familiarization.

On July 11, Ward 1 Councillor Richard Murphy, Chair of the Town's Fire, Enforcement and Public Safety Committee, presented the Water Rescue Craft to Fire Chief John Heffernan at Lawrence Pond. Also in attendance were: Ward I Councillor Darrin Bent, Firefighter Jeremy MacDonald, Lieutenant Andre Whitty, Firefighter Tim Perrin, and Firefighter Scott Churchill.

Please remember to always practice safe boating.