District News

CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award


The selection committee have made their choice for the 2010 recipient of the prestigious, "CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award"©. As you may already know, a national committee made up of individuals from British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, and Nova Scotia made the selection.

The 2010 winner of this prestigious award is from the Lunenburg Region of Nova Scotia. He will be presented his award in Ottawa on September 11th 2010. There will also be a local recognition evening held on October 2nd to allow local fire service and community to pay honour to the winner.

The 2010 recipient is Harold A. Conrad with 63 years of Active Volunteer Fire Service to several communities.

Harold Conrad, of Hebbville Fire Department, has served in multiple capacities for volunteer fire departments in Kingston, Bridgewater and Hebbville since 1947.

Harold Conrad's history of volunteer service for fire departments throughout Nova Scotia is nothing short of remarkable. Mr. Conrad began his volunteer firefighter career in Kingston, in the Annapolis Valley, in 1947, at just 18 years of age. Now, some six decades later, he is proud to say that to this day he continues to serve the people of this province, now in Hebbville, where he has been a member of that fire department for more than 30 years.

Nominations for the 2011 award can be submitted anytime and up till next March.


Junior Firefighters Training Weekend


 A great success! Our Junior Firefighters participated in a training weekend on May 15 and 16, 2010.


There were over 50 junior firefighters in attendance. Sessions were held at the Lunenburg and District Fire Department. Courses on medical response, high angle rescue, confined spaces, water rescue, vehicle extrication, hose work and contained live fire were held. Many thanks to the organizers who dedicated many hours of their time in organizing and providing the training to our developing firefoghters of the future.

To view more photos of our Juniors in action please go to the Hubbards Photo Gallery.




Blandford Fire Rescue Recognizes its Firefighters


At the Annual Department meeting this week, Chief Philip Publicover of Blandford and Area Fire Rescue recognized the great accomplishments of several of the department members. Much hard work and many hours of training have been required to achieve these goals. Congratulations to all.   

To visit the Blandford and Area Fire Rescue Photo Gallery and web site please click on Blandford and Area Fire Rescue  


001 Peter Eaton recieves his Level 2 Proboard Certificate
003 Brent Tulkens Recieves his FARMEDIC Certificate
005 Norman Longthorp recieves his Yellow Helmet after completing his Fire Control
006 Paul Harrison recieves his Yellow Helmet after completing his Fire Control
007 Paul Kennedy recieves his Yellow Helmet after completing his Fire Control
008 Ron Wilcox recieves his Yellow Helmet after completing his Fire Control



Passing of Donald Hardy, founding member and Chief of Martin's River Volunteer Fire Department


It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Henry Hardy of Lunenburg announced his passing in Bridgewater on Wednesday April 28, 2010 with his family by his side. Don was born in North Vancouver in 1928.
Don is survived by his wife the former Jean Hiltz (Wilson); children, Donald (Kasandra) Royston; Darrell ( Colleen); Cynthia (Doug) Courtenay; Helene( Richard); Caroline; Patrick, and Marina, and step children Patty (Derrick); Joy (Peter) and Brian. Don is survived by 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Don started his working career as an apprentice electrician in the shipyards of North Vancouver and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Don served as a submariner on many of the Navy vessels for over 25 years. He taught at the Submariner Training Center in Halifax. After his retirement, he taught marine electronics at the Vocational School in Sydney and the Department of Labor.
Active in the community, Don was a faithful member of the St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, Branch # 23, in Lunenburg, of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Admiral Desmond Piers Navel Association, the Submariners Association of Canada East, the Unity Lodge # 34 of the Masonic Temple, the Grace Chapter # 8 of the Eastern Star, and the South Shore Ship Modellers Guild.
Don was one of the founding members of the Martin's River Volunteer Fire Department and served as its first Fire Chief from 1970 to 1972.
A memorial service for Don was held at the St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, on Saturday May 1, 2010. Several members of the Bridgewater Fire Department Band honored Don with the playing of " When the Saints Go Marching In " at the service.


Volunteer Recognition


picture1On 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


mobile_unitThe 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.


Operations Stevensville


img_0609aOn 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 img_0626aseven 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.


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.


In memory of Honorary Fire Chief, Laurie Myra


fotoflexerpchief4_photoLaurie 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.


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 .


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