District News

Certificate in Incident Command

Congratulations to Chief Hans Stokkeskog of the Hubbards and District Volunteer Fire Department who has recently graduated with his Certificate in Incident Command from Dalhousie University.  I am sure Hans would be most willing to provide you with more information on this intensive series of very demanding courses.


FM Global Awards Fire Prevention Grant

The Municipality of the District of Chester received a $5,000 fire prevention grant recently from FM Global, a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses based in Johnston, R.I.

FM Global representative, Guy Cloutier, presented the award to Erin Beaudin, CAO and Bruce Blackwood, Fire Services Coordinator, at the Municipal Offices located on 151 King Street, in Chester, Nova Scotia. The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global has contributed millions of dollars to fire services and related agencies around the globe working to prevent fire for more than three decades. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Nova Scotia-based organizations.

"At FM Global, we believe the majority of property damage is preventable-not inevitable-and we are pleased to make funding available to organizations, like the Municipality of the District of Chester, that share the same philosophy," said Michael Spaziani, manager of FM Global's Fire Prevention Grant Program. "After all, it's much better to prevent a disaster than to recover from one."

FM Global's highly competitive Fire Prevention Grant Program (www.fmglobal.com/grants) awards grants quarterly to fire departments-as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide-that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the greatest impact on preventing, preparing for and controlling fire in the community.

Established nearly 175 years ago, FM Global (www.fmglobal.com) ranks 766 among FORTUNE magazine's largest companies in America. The company has been named "Best Property Insurer in the World" by Euromoney magazine and "Best Global Property Insurer" by Global Finance magazine


Hubbards Recieves New Tanker 341

unit341cHubbards and Area Volunteer Fire Department has recieved their new tanker.  Unit 341 is a ROSENBAUER Tanker purchased through Cardinal Fire & Safety in Bridgewater. It has a 1550 gpm waterous pump with 2500 gallons of water on board plus twin 20 gal foam tanks (A&B) that can add up to 10 percent foam concentration. The unit is powered by a CAT C13 470HP Diesel Engine and has a Allison 45 EVS 5 speed automatic transmission with a three stage Jake brake system. Some of the added options on the new unit include a 5000 watt Honda generator, remote monitor with foam capability,2000 ft of high volume hose, and a self lowering 3000 gallon port a tank. It was a long time coming but is now ready to serve our community.


Structure Fire in Chester Basin

A pre-dawn house fire Saturday, January 9, 2010 near Chester Basin sent all four members of a family to hospital.

All four escaped the burning house shortly after 5 a.m. with only the clothes they were wearing. Canadian Red Cross volunteers have arranged for emergency purchases of clothing and food, provided blankets and personal-care items and say the couple and their son will be staying with friends for now.

The parents were released Saturday evening from the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax after treatment for smoke inhalation. Their 15-year-old son is expected to be released Sunday from the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. A 17-year-old daughter remains in the QEII for treatment of burns.

The home, at 5109 Highway 3 a few kilometres west of Chester, was destroyed despite the efforts of five area volunteer fire departments.The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There will be a fundraiser breakfast at the Chester Basin Legion this Saturday, January 16 and a fundraiser dance at the Chester Basin Legion next Saturday, January 23. If you require more information or would like to help or donate in any way, please call Jayne MacKenzie @275-3948 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Volunteer Firefighters Recognized for Dedication and Service


At a reception and dinner held on October 26th, 2009 at the Oak Island Resort and Spa, volunteer firefighters, medical first responders and fire department support members of the seven Fire Departments of The Municipality of the District of Chester were sincerely recognized and thanked for their selfless dedication and invaluable service to the community. This was the second of the planned annual recognition dinners 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 Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce, The Aspotogan Heritage Trust and The Oak Island Resort and Spa. Many local area businesses and the Chester Village Commission also contributed to the recognition dinner.

Dan Myers, General Manager of the Oak Island Resort and Spa, welcomed all the fire department members and invited guests. He stressed his true appreciation of the volunteer emergency services in protecting our lives and properties.

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

Warden Allen Webber followed with his appreciation of all the members of the departments. He stressed that the Municipality is working closely with the departments to ensure that they have the support they need.

Denise and Allen then presented a plaque to each of the Fire Departments to recognize their dedication and ongoing support to the community. Several of the fire fighters that had 20 and 30 year service records were presented with special recognition awards .

Denise later announced the donation of $700 to the IWK Burn Unit in the name of each seven departments.

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


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