The Lloydminster Rescue Squad is continuing to receive support from the community that they help.
The Lloydminster Columbus Club Charitable Foundation is giving $8000 over two years for updated communication equipment for the volunteer firefighters. Chief Norm Namur says the timing couldn’t be better as their currently moving their repeater to another location to get better range when communicating.
“A repeater takes your signal and rebroadcasts it so that anyone can hear it within a 20 to 50-mile radius.”
Namur says the proceeds will go towards the move along with updating other equipment and communication fees.
“We also need to update some of our other equipment like our two radios, portable radios and the p-25 for provincial communication. It’s going to give us that better range to communicate in the rural area.”
The Rescue Squad has most recently received $6,000 from the Tingley/AGland Golf Tournament for diving equipment. Namur says there is a list of what needs to be updated and serviced at the department and communications is at the top.
“Some of our extrication equipment is 20-25 years old, they’re still working fine, but at some point, we need to start planning ahead and make sure we have the updated version. It just gives you more reliability.”