(L-R) Wawanesa Fire Department Chief Dennis Gullett, Wawanesa Mayor Bruce Gullett, CFB Shilo base commander Lt.-Col. Richard Goodyear, Shilo RSM CWO Steven Milton and Shilo Transportation Officer Lieut. Dan Hoyle pose with the donated firetruck. (SUBMITTED)
WAWANESA — The Village of Wawanesa has a new symbol, or firetruck, thanks to Canadian Forces Base Shilo.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for neighbours to help neighbours with a donation of a firefighting vehicle took nearly a year to approve and prepare.
The keys to the 1995 International Truck were officially handed to the Wawanesa Fire Department in June. The 24-member volunteer fire department appreciates the addition to their fleet. In fact, the truck has already been put to use.
"This truck gives us the ability to respond with a tanker for grass firefighting," said Wawanesa Fire Chief Dennis Gullett. "We sometimes have to respond to the north side of the river."
Mayor Bruce Gullett concurred.
"It really expands our ability to serve our community and to help out when we need to respond to a fire in the mutual aid district."
Typically, all old and surplus equipment is managed through Crown Assets for public auction. However, rare exceptions can be made and must be approved by the Minister of National Defence.
"When it became known to us that the Wawanesa Fire Department had need of a firetruck, we were in a position to fill that need," said base commander Lt.-Col. Richard Goodyear.
"It benefits us too, as sometimes, we find ourselves working with them when we are called to assist with a fire in the mutual aid district."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2012