We are very pleased to announce that Wendy Rafuse of Chester Basin FD and Duke Chafe of Chester FD were the proud recipients of the QEII Diamond Jubilee Award. To date there were only 10 awards to members of the Fire Services across the Province.
Wendy Rafuse has been involved with the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department and its auxiliary since 1982. She was President of the Chester Basin Firettes from 1984 – 1994. She continues today as an active Medical First Responder using her nursing skills to assist patients and fellow firefighters and serves as Secretary of the Fire Department. Wendy is the Zone Co-ordinator for the Fire Services Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team for the South Shore and volunteers with the RCMP CIR team, providing workshops concerning Critical Incident Stress Management as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone). In 2003, Wendy received an award from the Nova Scotia Community College, for providing outstanding service to the college during the roll out NSCC's Critical Incident Response Handbook. She also has awards for her dedication from the RCMP, Province of NS as well as the Maritime Forces Atlantic CISM Team for her work during the SwissAir Flight 111 disaster in 1998. Wendy is a Commissioner for Fire District IV (Chester Basin) and vice Chairperson the Fire Advisory Committee for the Chester Municipality.
Duke moved to Chester in 1974 from New Brunswick. He has been a active member of the Chester Fire Department since 1978 and has been Fire Chief for the past 8 years. He received his Nova Scotia Proboard Level 1 certification and his Certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University. Duke received his Exemplary Service medal and the Provincial Long Service award for 20 and 25 years of active fire service in Chester. In 2009 he received his 30 year medal and was nominated for the Municipal Volunteer award under the Provincial programs. He is an active member of the Chief Officers Review committee that works with Municipal Council's the Fire Advisory Committee on fire services issues within the District of Chester. Duke actively serves his community in other areas as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 44 and the Clarke Lodge # 61. He is always giving a helping hand in the many community events.
Both Wendy and Duke have agreed to travel to Ottawa on September 8th to receive their medal at the CVFSA ceremony and will also represent us at the dedication of the Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 9th. Congratulations to both Wendy and Duke on their Diamond Jubilee medals. They are both most deserving of the honor.
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