District News

Martin River Completes Some Hall Updates

The Martins River Fire Department recently added a new retaining wall to its bay entrance driveway to provide for improved visibility and a better turning radius. 

They also added in a new roof over the front entrance and the wheel chair ramp to keep the area safely free of rain, ice and snow. 








Western Shore Dedicates Monument

On November 26, 2011 members of the Western Shore Fire Commission and Department officially dedicated their new monument in honor of past members and their many years of dedicated service to the Western Shore Volunteer Fire Department and the community it serves. Opening remarks were given by Rev. Andrew Shute. Chief Terry Zwicker, Deputy Chief Ira Sawler and Councilor Robert Myra assisted with opening remarks thanking those who had worked so hard for the Department  over the many years since its founding in 1957.

Rev. Paul Findley offered a prayer for the past members. He also read out the firefighters prayer for our current volunteers. Many community members attended the dedication in appreciation of  the years of volunteer service to the community. The monument inscription reads sincerely  “ Dedicated in honor of those who have given service to the Western Shore Fire Department ”. The monument is the result of several years of planning, hard work, community donations and fund raising by the Fire Department and the past Ladies Auxiliary. 



Appreciation Dinner for our Volunteer Firefighters

At a reception and dinner held on November 7, 2011 at the Atlantica Hotel and Oak Island Marina, volunteer firefighters, medical first responders, and fire department support members of the seven Fire Departments of The Municipality of the District of Chester were recognized and thanked for their selfless dedication and invaluable service to the community. This was the third annual recognition dinner honoring the efforts of our volunteer first responders.

Fire Department members from Blandford, Chester, Chester Basin, New Ross, Hubbards, Martin River and Western Shore attended and were honored for their dedication to the community's emergency response services. There are currently over 200 men and women who serve as first responders in our District, all of whom put in many hours each month in training and emergency response.

The recognition event was co-sponsored by Denise Peterson-Rafuse, MLA for Chester and St. Margaret's Bay, The Municipality of the District of Chester,The Aspotogan Heritage Trust and Atlantica Hotel and Oak Island Marina. The Chester Village Commission and many local area businesses also contributed to the recognition dinner.

Denise Peterson-Rafuse thanked the firefighters for their dedication in serving their community, saving lives and protecting our homes, property and businesses. She offered her assistance as an advocate to provide ongoing support and assistance to the fire departments.

Allen Webber, Warden, Municipality of the District of Chester, followed with her appreciation of all the members of the departments. He pointed out that the men and women of our emergency services put their lives on the line for us each day and that all of this hard work is done on a volunteer basis.

Floyd, Councillor for District 2, Warden, Municipality of the District of Chester, then had some further kind words of appreciation and thanks to the fire services in the District. He pointed out what a reassuring feeling it was to know that there would be somone quickly responding to a person in an emergency. 

Denise, Allen and Floyd then presented a Certificate of Appreciation signed by MLA Peterson-Rafuse and the Municiaplity, to each Department, recognizing their dedication and ongoing support to the community.

The Municipality and each Department jointly presented a Certificate of Family Appreciation, in recognition and appreciation of the support that the family members give to the first responders. Every hour that they spend at an emergency scene or at the firehall is an hour away from their familiies. Without the support of the family members the role of the first responder whould be much more diffcult if not impossible. 

A donation to the IWK Burn Unit in the name of each seven departments will be made in October.

Everyone attending enjoyed the reception and dinner and appreciated the recognition of the ongoing efforts and community service.


Western Shore Welcomes Utility 711

On October 26, 2011 the Western Shore Volunteer Fire Department acquired its new Utility Unit 711.  Several of our Departments helped in accompanying the new truck enroute to the fire station and welcoming the new apparatus to the community at an open house at the hall.  The new unit replaces the previous utility truck, a 1981 Chevrolet van.

pop_004aUnit 711 is a 2012 Dodge 4X4 1 ton Megacab with a Cummings Diesel engine. It will hold 5 firefighters and is equipped with medical first aid equipment including a  backboard. The Department has also added equipment for forest fire suppression including 4 back tanks, extinguishers, rakes and shovels. It is equipped with a 8 thousand pound winch.  It is planned to add some spill kits in the future to assist with minor fluid spills.




Stevensville 2, October 23, 2011

On Sunday, October 23, 2011 our seven district Fire Departments participated in a mutual aid fire practice named Operation Stevensville 2. 

DSCF1015The scope of Operation Stevensville 2, included a multi-department paged emergency response to a reported structure fire located Marriott's Cove.  

The objective of this scenario based practice was to continue the training our volunteer firefighters on setting up and executing commands involved in search and rescue, initial structural attack, cascade operations and firefighter rehab. Another critical objective was to practice our mutual aid response capability and joint incident command.



The seven Departments also demonstrated their ability to provide sufficient supplies of water from more remote locations in the Municipality, in this case, over 10 km away, from Millet's pond on Highway 12 in Chester Grant. DSCF1010

The department water tankers hauled over 67,000 gallons of water and the department attack pumpers flowed in excess of 500 gallons per minute for nearly two hours.  DSCF1013






The Departments will receive a Superior Water Shuttle certification from Fire Underwriters.



We were also very pleased to see our fellow firefighters from the Town of Bridgewater on the practice scene. They kindly set up and demonstrated the operations of  their Ladder 2 aerial apparatus. 

All seven departments participated with apparatus and personnel. We had great participation as approximately 70 of our members joined into the training. We also had participation from other support agencies such as EHS, REMO, RCMP and NS Public Service.

More photos of the mutual aid practice can be found in the Photo Galleries of the department web pages.


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