Brigade executive in place
Second attempt a charm for Spaniard’s Bay Fire Department
It took two attempts, but the executive for the Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department is now in place.
The town council endorsed the new executive during its regular meeting on June 20, which came as a relief to Fire Chief Victor Hiscock.
“I really do feel comfortable with the list,” Hiscock said.
On his first attempt, council rejected Hiscock’s submission, saying he did not follow the proper protocol, which isto call for interested firefighters to apply in writing to the chief for an executive position.
Instead, the chief put executive selection to a vote among firefighters at the department’s annual meeting on May 7.
Hiscock went back to the draw- ing board, and brought forward a new slate at last week’s meeting.
Hiscock acknowledged he “mis- understood” council’s initial directive.
Council was pleased with how Hiscock handled the matter on his second attempt, and unanimously accepted his recommendations.
The chief emphasized that all senior executive members are experienced, having had “control of ( fire) scenes before.”
Coun. Sheri Collins added that over and above “all the certificates you want,” the important thing is “ having the experience over somebody else.”
Meanwhile, Hiscock said all members of the brigade have now completed minimum training standards, as stipulated by the provincial government, with a compliance date of Aug. 1.
“I signed off it and passed it along to the town, and they forwarded it to Fire and Emergency Services,” the chief said.