Carbonear fire chief returned
Ed Kavanagh will wear the fire chief ’s hat at the helm of the Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department for another two years. Kavanagh was re-elected to the post for his second term during the department’s annual general meeting on Feb. 9.
No stranger to the executive, Kavanagh served 16 of his 22 years as a volunteer firefighter as treasurer before being elected chief two years ago.
Steve Burden was re-elected first assistant chief. Kavanagh and Burden were both returned by acclamation.
Richard Rossiter was returned as secretary, and Jeff Squibb as captain, while Fred Baldwin will serve as the department’s new treasurer.
The executive welcomed five new members: Captain Trevor Crawford, Lieutenants Corey Mahaney and Adam Earle, Treasurer Fred Baldwin and Second Assistant Chief Brent Sweeney.
The new executive will serve the 40-member fire department for a two-year term.
Members hone their firefighting skills during regular practices every Wednesday evening. They meet at the John T. Pike Fire on the second Wednesday of the month.
A highlight of the past year was the arrival Jan. 15 of a new $837,000 quintuple combination pumper/aerial ladder truck.
Kavanagh said firefighters will continue training on the new piece of equipment this year.
The department responded to some 80 calls for service from throughout the Carbonear area last year, which turned out to be another fatalityfree year for the town.
Founded in 1841, the 170-year-old Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department is one of the oldest fire departments in the province.