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Labrador West Ground Search and Rescue presented with vehicle to assist their efforts

A retired Iron Ore Company of Canada ambulance was donated to Labrador West Ground Search and Rescue Sept. 10.
A retired Iron Ore Company of Canada ambulance was donated to Labrador West Ground Search and Rescue Sept. 10. - Mike Power

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In this province, an ambulance has a life span of 10 years. After that, it can no longer be used as an ambulance, even if it has few miles and is in tiptop condition.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be repurposed, which happened in Labrador West recently.

The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) recently donated a used ambulance to the Labrador West Ground Search and Rescue (LWGSR) team.

Craig Porter, team commander of LWGSR, accepted the keys from Ken Whitten, superintendent of emergency and security services at IOC.

“This vehicle should serve ground search and rescue well,” Whitten said. “This unit has only about 18,000 kilometres on it and has been very well maintained.”

Porter noted that the unit has seating for six and has room for equipment, which will enable them to deploy a rapid response to calls.

“This 4 x4 diesel powered vehicle will enhance response capability of our teams 27,000 square km service area,” he told The Aurora.

The GSR service area is within the province and into neighboring Quebec.

Porter also says for the volunteer group to purchase such an asset on their own would be almost impossible, since they spend so much time in training, searching and community activities.

The vehicle will also be refitted with LWGSR identification.

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