Firefighters to Get Red-Hot Specialty Licence Plates

By Sarah Klein

From left, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Justice Minister Andrew Swan, firefighter and United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg executive board member Chad Swayze, UFFW president Alex Forrest and UFFW executive board member Robert Campbell, pose next to a preview of the new specialty licence plates for firefighters at the Manitoba legislature on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (DAVE BAXTER / METRO WINNIPEG)

Manitoba firefighters will soon be able to publicize their brave profession on their licence plate.

The province on Thursday announced firefighters will be able to apply for speciality plates that read, “Serving Our Community.” The plates will be red in colour and include the firefighters’ Maltese cross.

“Firefighters put their lives at risk on a daily basis and I can’t think of a better way to pay homage to their dedication and commitment than a licence plate they can proudly display,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “This specialty licence plate will provide firefighters across the province with a common, visual bond.”

Similar to other specialty licence plates on the road, the process will be administered by Manitoba Public Insurance.

The plates will cost $70, with $30 going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Firefighters Burn Fund.

The plates will be available early this summer and can be applied for at MPI.mb.ca.

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