Lewisporte Fire Rescue benefits from donations


Published on March 16, 2017

Acting upon a request from Lewisporte Fire Rescue for assistance to purchase a thermal imaging camera, the Kinsmen Co-op 50/50 program donated $5,000 recently. At the March 15 dinner meeting they sealed the deal and donated the remaining $5,000 needed to purchase the vital piece of equipment. Pictured are, from left, Kinsmen Don White, Kinsmen president Mike Martin, Fire Chief Rob Fudge, Co-op representative Ron Freake and Kinsmen Jeff Snow.

©Photo submitted by Mike Martin

On March 15 members of the Kinsmen Club of Notre Dame and the Lewisporte Lion’s Club and Lewisporte Fire Rescue rekindled the annual tradition of gathering together for dinner meeting.

Lewisporte Lion’s Club president Brian Hooper (left) presented Fire Chief Rob Fudge with a donation of $1,000 to aid in the purchase of updated protective clothing for use during the operation of the Jaws of Life.
Photo submitted by Mike Martin

This gathering also included some display of generosity as there was a $5,000 donation  by the Kinsmen Co-op 50/50 o the fire department for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

Lewisporte Fire Chief Rob Fudge explained the camera is a vital piece of equipment that they have wanted for the last 10-15 years, but the price tag was too high.

“Back when we looked into the cameras they were $20,000 and now the price has come down, but $10,000 is still a lot of money,” he told TC Media.

Thanks to not one, but two donations from the Kinsmen Co-op 50/50 the department can now purchase the equipment.

“The camera is used for searching inside buildings, detecting heat and it can determine if a fire is out or if there are hot spots behind walls,” Fudge said.

The camera can also be used to search for people nighttime as it detects body heat.

Fudge noted it isn’t just Lewisporte Fire Rescue that will benefit from the equipment, but in case of an emergency they could take it to other towns for use.

“The donations were generous and it helps us keep up with the ongoing changes in fire fighting,” Fudge said. “It also helps keep our fire fighters safer in dangerous situations.”

Third time’s a charm for the Junior Firefighters program hosted by Lewisporte Fire Rescue. The program received a $2,500 donation from the Kinsmen Co-op 50/50. On hand for the presentation were, from left, program coordinator and fire fighter Todd Pelley, Kinsmen president Mike Martin, program coordinator and fire fighter Brian Pardy and Co-op representative Ron Freake.
Photo submitted by Mike Martin

Lewisporte Fire Rescue received a total of $8,500 in donations from the Kinsmen Club of Notre Dame and the Lewisporte Lions Club at its most recent meeting.

- $1,000 from the Lions Club will aid in the purchase of updated protective clothing for use during the operation of the Jaws of Life.

- $2,500 from the Kinsmen Co-op 50/50 for the Junior Firefighter program.