On behalf of the Western Shore & District Fire Department and the Municipality of the District of Chester, we would like to congratulate Mike and thank him for his many years of service to the Western Shore & District Fire Department. A special evening reception was held on April 21, 2010 to recognize Mike and many other community volunteers within the Municipality.
Mike has been a member of the Western Shore & District Fire Department for 25 years. During his time, Mike has held many offices including: Lieutenant, Engineer, Chief Engineer and Captain. He has been involved in many of our Fundraising events, giving a helping hand in any way possible.
In 1985, there were a group of youngsters in the Western Shore area who showed a great interest for the Fire Department. Mike gathered a group of helpers and brought these youngsters under their wing, starting the Junior Fire Department. Although not permitted to respond to actual fire calls, the Juniors got valuable training and support the Fire Department in many activities. Those youngsters grew up and many have remained committed to the Department and continue on as volunteers for the senior Fire Department.
Mike enjoys looking after the trucks, a trait that comes from years of being an engineer.
NSFS Mobile Burn Unit
The Mobile Burn Unit from the Nova Scotia Fire School (recently featured on ATV News) has been located this week at the Chester Fire Department. We held a series of evening and week end training sessions for our firefighters in the district.
The unit is the latest in training technology providing live fire training scenarios and experience for our volunteers. It allows us to train conveniently and effectively in our local communities.
The unit will be travelling from Chester to Bridgewater and then on to many other municipalities across the province.
Many thanks to Everett Hiltz, Training Officer, Chester Fire Department, who carried out many long hours of training for our membership over the last week.
On March 28, 2010 our seven district Fire Departments participated in a mutual aid fire practice named Operation Stevensville. The scope of Operation Stevensville, included a multi department paged emergency response to a reported structure fire located within the Municipality of the District of Chester. The response practice involved the other support services of the EHS, Red Cross, RCMP. The objective of this scenario based practice was to train our crews on setting up and executing commands involved in search and rescue, initial structural attack, cascade operations and firefighter rehab, water supply, exposure control, May Day, structure evacuation, and overhaul. The other critical objective was to practice our mutual aid response capability and joint incident command.
All seven departments participated with apparatus and personnel. We had great participation as approximately 70 (33%) of our members joined into the training. We also had participation from other support agencies such as EHS, REMO, RCMP and NS Public Service.
For more photos of the mutual aid practice please visit the Chester Fire Department Photo Gallery and look under Operations Stevensville.
Pumper for Sale
The Hubbards District Fire Department has a 1981 International Superior with a 1050 IGPM pump. It has a 1500 gallon water tank and has a supply of foam on board. The unit seats six firefighters and also carries 3 SCBA units. Please contact Chief Hans Stokkeskog at 902-476-0610 for more information.
In memory of Honorary Fire Chief, Laurie Myra
Laurie Myra, Honorary Fire Chief of the Western Shore Volunteer Fire Department passed over on January 15, 2010. Laurie died at home with his family at his side after a brief battle with ALS. Laurie served his community as a member of the Western Shore and District Volunteer Fire Department for 47 years, 7 years as Chief from 1982 through 1989. Born in Gold River on April 22,1940, he was the son of the late Gladys (Russell) (Myra) Minnick and the late Noble Myra. He was very familiar to the community, operating "Laurie's Auto Repairs" for over 40 years. He was a member of the Parish of St. Martin's Anglican Church of Western Shore. He was a member and past Master of the Masonic Charity Lodge No. 69, the Order of the Eastern Star, Grace Chapter 8 and later affiliated with Shoreham Chapter No. 59. He was an avid outdoors man, enjoying camping and hunting with his family and friends. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Stella (Swinimer) his four children, Janet, David, Elizabeth and Gordon.
The funeral for Laurie was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at St John's Anglican Church in Chester Basin. Representatives from many area fire departments provided an honor guard and apparatus procession for Laurie, a fellow firefighter and Fire Chief. Memorial donations can be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or the Victorian Oreder of Nurses, Lunenburg County.
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