Car­bon­ear fire chief re­turned

The Compass - - O15,CIATHE S -

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.

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