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.
It is with great sadness that we advise you that Ann Longley, Executive Director of FSANS, passed away on October 24, 2009 as a result of a heart attack. Ann has been with the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia since 1994, first as Secretary and most recently as Executive Director. She also served as the Municipal Clerk with the Municipality of the County of Kings.
Visitation at White's Family Funeral Home in Kentville - Tuesday October 27th, 7-9pm
Funeral at St James Anglican Church in Kentville - Wednesday October 28th, 10:00 am
Firefighters have been invited to meet prior to the service on Wednesday at the Kentville Fire Station.
There will be a reception at the Kentville Fire Station following the church service on Wednesday.
PRESS FIRE IN EAST RIVER"S LP PLANT
On the evening of October 24, 2009, Chester Volunteer Fire Department answered a fire alarm at the Louisanna Pacific East River Plant for a press fire. The fire started in a large press and quickly moved to the building structure. LP's fire crew requested the Chester Fire Department to assist in suppressing this fire. Chief Chafe had to consider calling in the Windsor Fire Department's aerial apparatus under our Mutual Aid agreements.
Chester's Fire Chief, Duke Chafe, considered this to be a serious fire. CVFD responded with 23 firefighters in 5 trucks and were on scene for approximately 4 hours.
There was a lot of internal damage to the roof/ceiling structure. Plant Manager Phil Ellwood anticipates that the line will be down for approximately a week at least. Very fortunately there were no injuries to mill workers or firefighters.
Congratulations to the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department on taking
delivery of their new Rescue Unit 4 on July 17, 2009.
The new unit is a 2009 Ford 550 Heavy Duty designed and built by Lantz Truck Bodies, Port Williams, and replaces the former 1978 Chevrolet.
Rescue 4 is fully equipped for medical and general rescue emergencies. It also has a small water tank and portable pump on board. The Rescue Unit is a response unit on all fire and emergency calls. It responds to all requests for Mutual Aid assistance for other neighboring communities.
I am pleased to announce that we have recently received a Training Grant from The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association and Medteq Solutions Canada. We are currently in the process of setting up a web based training center which offers NFPA Standard courses in Level 1 and Level 2 Firefighting. Over the next month these courses will be made available to the membership of the individual fire departments by registering with your Training Officer. The Training site will be accessed directly from the Membership Resource Center on this web site.
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