Oldest brigade has new look
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.”