The council in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is planning to expand its fire service, and received a boost from the provincial government on Tuesday when it was given a new fire truck.

Premier Tom Marshall visited the community to tell the town it would be getting a replacement for the 36-year-old truck currently in use.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook says the community is hoping to expand its emergency response services to accommodate the expansion in the area. (CBC)

Mayor Jamie Snook said there are a number of issues the town is looking at to improve its emergency response services.

"The idea actually has to do with emergency preparedness. We just need to be prepared in the event that there was ever an emergency," said Snook.

Snook added the town is hoping to expand the part-time fire chief position to a full-time job.

"I know management are talking with the existing fire chief and whatnot and hopefully he would be interested because recruiting people in this town is a challenge in itself," he said.

Snook said he doesn't have a timeline for changes at the fire station. With the steady development in the area, he's hoping they'll happen as soon as possible.