Old­est bri­gade has new look

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The old­est vol­un­teer fire bri­gade in the prov­ince has taken on a new look.

Af­ter sev­eral at­tempts and much dis­cus­sion the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade has changed from the old style grey pants and blue jack­ets and ties into the new suits sim­i­lar to those worn by much of the fire­fight­ing ser­vice in the coun­try.

The mem­ber­ship, known through­out the prov­ince by their tra­di­tional greys and blues, de­cided to change into the new uni­forms sport­ing navy blue pants, shirts and ties along with hats.

For­mer chief and life­time mem­ber Lloyd Pike said, “It is dif­fi­cult to let go of the tra­di­tional blues and greys, but, if it is the wish of the mem­ber­ship to ini­ti­ate a change then, on a go for­ward ba­sis, we will re­spect their de­ci­sion.”

Cur­rent Fire Chief So­nia Wil­liams agreed, “The mem­ber­ship felt the need to up­grade the suits to be more in line with at­tire be­ing worn by those in the fire­fight­ing ser­vice.

“We un­der­stand what the change means to the Life­time mem­bers and ap­pre­ci­ate their de­ci­sion to join us and wear the new suits.”


Mean­while, the bri­gade re­cently added a new piece of equip­ment to its al­ready ex­ten­sive in­ven­tory of live sav­ing gear.

An au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor was re­cently pur­chased and is cur­rently on the first re­spond­ing ve­hi­cle.

The mem­ber­ship is trained in its proper use and has to up­grade train­ing ev­ery three months in or­der to be able to con­tinue to use the de­vice.

The cost of the unit has been shared through do­na­tions from the Terra Nova Shoes and An­nual Char­ity Dart Tour­na­ment.

Chief Wil­liams said, “We have dis­cussed the pur­chase sev­eral times. It is an as­set it is to our in­ven­tory and to the pub­lic we serve and pro­tect.”

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