Spa­niard's Bay fire dept. hires first fe­male mem­bers

The Compass - - REVIEW 2009 -

( 16/ 06/ 09)

Al­though it took a cou­ple of years and re­peated applications, Barb Hutch­ings is fi­nally ac­cepted as a mem­ber of the Spa­niard's Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

The ex­pe­ri­enced fire­fighter moved home to Spa­niard's Bay in De­cem­ber 2007 and al­most im­me­di­ately ap­plied for mem­ber­ship with the depart­ment. De­spite be­ing qual­i­fied for the po­si­tion, she was re­peat­edly turned down.

Af­ter tak­ing her story to The Com­pass, lo­cal and pro­vin­cial me­dia and town of­fi­cials be­came in­volved in the case. Hutch­ings was even­tu­ally voted in, along with an­other woman, Brenda Sey­mour.

" It's been a long, hard fight," said Hutch­ings, " but it's been well worth it. I'm go­ing to do my job the same as I did when I was away --step up and do what needs to be done."

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Glenn and his wife Barb Hutch­ings are new mem­bers of the Spa­niard's Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. They've al­ready fought fires to­gether as mem­bers of the High Level fire depart­ment in Al­berta.

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