The La Ronge Regional Fire Department is getting an $80,000 donation from Cameco to help purchase new extraction equipment.

The fire department provides vehicle extrication services over approximately 1,200 kilometres of provincial roadways, more than any other fire department in the province. This includes parts of Highways 2, 102 and 165, as well as Provincial Roads 905, 912, 915, 935 and 936, and all roads.

“The cost of everything continues to skyrocket, including critical life safety equipment. This donation will alleviate a lot of the financial pressure we were facing around this major purchase and will enable us to focus instead on saving for other vital pieces of equipment both now and in the future,” said Fire Chief Keaton Cloud.

The extrication equipment now being used by LLRFD is over 20 years old and exhibiting signs of wear and tear. The funding provided by Cameco will be used to equip the department’s new Heavy Rescue unit, which is currently being designed and manufactured. It will help to purchase the latest generation of Jaws of Life vehicle extrication equipment, vehicle stabilization struts, and air lift bags for lifting vehicles and large semi trucks.

“We are very pleased to support the dedicated personnel of La Ronge Regional Fire and Rescue and to help them deliver the life-saving services they provide to protect the safety of so many northern residents,” explained Cameco CEO and President Tim Gitzel.

(Photo credit to David Smith)