Coun­cil agrees to pur­chase new equip­ment

The Compass - - EDI­TO­RIAL OPIN­ION -

No pager sys­tem

While many fire de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria and Car­bon­ear, have pager sys­tems for re­ceiv­ing fire calls, Ros­siter ex­plained, “ we can’t use a pager sys­tem here be­cause of the hills sur­round­ing the town” - the same prob­lem that plagues cell­phone re­cep­tion on the North Shore. To get the kind of sys­tem that would work would be “a mas­sive ex­pense,” he ex­plained.

So they have a sys­tem of us­ing vol­un­teer fire call­ers. Five women re­ceive all fire calls and re­lay them to a list of vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

“ We have used this sys­tem since we were es­tab­lished in 1983, and have found it to be a very ef­fi­cient method of con­tact­ing our mem­bers in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion,” Ros­siter said. He added: “All res­i­dents in Salmon Cove and Perry’s Cove have been sent a copy of our fire call­ers on cards which are lam­i­nated and mag­ne­tized for easy place­ment on fridge, phone etc.”

The 17-mem­ber Salmon CovePerry’s Cove Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­ceives about a dozen calls a year, ac­cord­ing to the chief.

Re­place equip­ment

Mean­while, Vic­to­ria Fire Chief Jim Lay­den re­ported a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Fire Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice vis­ited the town re­cently to as­sess the equip­ment at their fire hall.

Among its find­ings, the lengthy re­port found the depart­ment’s breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses and bunker suits were “too old and need to be re­placed.”

Chief Lay­den said ac­cord­ing to the re­port all fire trucks over 10 years old should have an­nual in­spec­tions. He said it was the first time they had heard of it. Lay­den noted their fire pumper is only about five years old, but their equip­ment van is 20 years old.

The Vic­to­ria town coun­cil has de­cided to pur­chase three new bunker suits and three new breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses, at the re­quest of the fire depart­ment.

Coun­cil also needs to es­tab­lish how far out­side the town bound­aries its fire depart­ment should go to fight fires. Lay­den said that has yet to be de­ter­mined.

The town coun­cil has also asked its fire depart­ment to mon­i­tor calls from Salmon Cove and keep a record of them for the fu­ture.

The 22-mem­ber Vic­to­ria Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment was es­tab­lished in 1975.

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