South Dundas Fire Chief Chris McDonough recently shared a copy of a thank you letter with the Leader.
The letter was addressed to South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds from Fire Chief Bill Hollett of the Chance Cove Volunteer Fire Department in Newfoundland thanking the mayor and the township for their recent donation.
“I would like to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to you and your Town for the generosity you have shown in donating to us a fire truck, rescue van and fire & emergency equipment.”
“We are a volunteer fire department in a small community with limited funds available for equipment and training. Up until the arrival of the fire and emergency vehicles you so graciously donated to us, the fire truck we had in use was a 1976 model which we were having great difficulty maintaining due to parts for this truck no longer being available through the manufacturer.”
In a recent email to the Leader, Mayor Byvelds explained that “the idea started with looking at the Old Williamsburg Pumper and what to do with it. In talking to others including firefighters in Williamsburg, it was in too good a shape to scrap it. Normally the Township takes items like this to Rideau Actions however we never get what it is worth and may only get less than $5000. “
“I was in Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia last year on vacation. I met a firefighter from the area that told me that they were getting a new to them pumper that evening to try out. They were using a 1976 pumper and were getting a 1987 model. The group were very happy to get the newer model.”
“It was after that (meeting) that I suggested to Council that instead of selling our old unit that we find someone who was in need.”
“Chief Chris did the research and as a result Chance Cove now have new to them equipment. I think that it is great that we could help out a community that have a lot less resources than we do.”
The Chance Cove letter also credited Chief McDonough for the donation: “He has certainly gone over and above any call of duty in identifying our need, advocating on our behalf and ensuring we received these vehicles and equipment with as minimum a cost to us as possible.”
Chance Cove did reimburse South Dundas $400 for the “cost of batteries purchased to travel these vehicles to Newfoundland.”
This donation has given Chance Cove more than just reliable fire equipment, as Chief Hollett stated in his letter: “These vehicles will long stand as a source of inspiration to our residents and in particular, our volunteer firemen. They represent the kind and helping hands of a neighbour and of our fellow firefighters, and I am glad to say, has brought a new sense of pride and ownership to our volunteer fire department.”