Brigade ex­ec­u­tive in place

Sec­ond at­tempt a charm for Spa­niard’s Bay Fire Depart­ment

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.

Mis­un­der­stood coun­cil

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.

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