Com­mend­ing co-op­er­a­tion

White­way, Cavendish merge fire de­part­ments


It’s a Sun­day morn­ing and Ken Jack­son is at the newly ren­o­vated fire hall in White­way, pol­ish­ing the pumper truck in prepa­ra­tion for a spe­cial cer­e­mony later in the day.

It’s some­thing Jack­son has done quite of­ten dur­ing his 34 years as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter.

But what’s unique about the cir­cum­stance on this day is that the fire truck Jack­son is buff­ing to a shine used to be owned by the White­way vol­un­teer fire depart­ment. Jack­son, how­ever, spent much of his life vol­un­teer­ing with the fire bri­gade in the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity of Cavendish.

“If any­one told me six months ago that I’d be do­ing that, I wouldn’t be­lieve them. But now, it’s not a White­way fire truck any­more. It’s our fire truck,” Jack­son stated.

First chief

In the lat­est ex­am­ple of com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether in or­der to im­prove ser­vices to res­i­dents, and to avail of much-needed govern­ment fund­ing, the new Trinity South Cen­tral Vol­unter Fire Depart­ment was of­fi­cially ac­ti­vated on Sun­day, Nov. 27.

The bri­gade is es­sen­tially a merger of the White­way and Cavendish fire de­part­ments, and Jack­son is its first chief.

With both bri­gades strug­gling to at­tract a suf­fi­cient num­ber of ac­tive mem­bers and source the money needed for equip­ment and train­ing, the idea of a merger be­came an at­trac­tive op­tion.

And with the provin­cial govern­ment and lead­ers in both com­muni- ties promis­ing their full sup­port, the in­cen­tives were too tempt­ing to over­look, said Jack­son.

Dis­cus­sions be­gan in Septem­ber, and by mid-oc­to­ber, all the equip­ment at the fire hall in Cavendish had been moved into a spruced up fire hall in White­way, which is prac­ti­cally the half-way mark be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties. Vol­un­teers from both com­mu­ni­ties worked side-by-side, in­stalling dry­wall and paint­ing and do­ing other up­grades.

The orig­i­nal bri­gade names on the ve­hi­cles have been re­moved, and now fea­ture the name Trinity South Cen­tral. There’s a new crest and the logo, writ­ten in Latin, states: “To­gether We Serve.”

“It’s all gone ex­cep­tion­ally well,” said Chief Jack­son.

• Of­fi­cially ac­ti­vated dur­ing a Nov. 27 cer­e­mony at the newly ren­o­vated White­way fire hall;

• Cre­ated fol­low­ing a merger of the former White­way and Cavendish fire de­part­ments; • First chief is Ken Jack­son; • Ve­hi­cles in­clude a 1985 Ford pumper (Cavendish), a1982 In­ter­na­tional pumper(white­way), and a 1985 Chevro­let sup­port ve­hi­cle used to trans­port pumps and hoses;

• A new emer­gency num­ber is ex­pected to be cre­ated this week;

• Mem­bers wear dress uni­forms that were sur­plus from the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary.

Mem­bers of the newly ac­ti­vated Trinity South Cen­tral Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• Of­fi­cers — Chief Ken Jack­son, As­sis­tant Chief Nor­man Brown, As­sis­tant Chief Neil Critch, Capt. Ray Chislett, Capt. Ian Green, Capt. Brad Hig­don and Capt. Tom Jack­son.

• Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers — chair­per­son Ja­son Jer­rett, sec­re­tary Wayne Ge­orge, trea­surer Ge­off Legge, in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Craig Whalen, train­ing of­fi­cer Boyd Jer­rett and train­ing of­fi­cer Terry Dob­bie.

• Fire­fight­ers — Adam Bishop, Andy Fost, Barry Chislett, Billy Jack­son, Bradley Critch, Brian Legge, Carl Wil­liams, Ce­cil Brown, Dean Critch, Dean Cumby, Garry Jack­son, Gary Pin­sent, Jeff Jack­son, Jeff Jer­rett, Jeremy Soo­ley, Jerry Fost, Jerry Jack­son, Jonathan Har­num, Ju­nior Jack­son, Justin Cumby, Justin Ma­honey, Justin Par­sons, Lee Har­num, Mitchell Bishop, Ni­cholas Brown, Norm Jer­rett, Paul Ge­orge, Paul War­ren, Randy Brown, Richard Bishop, Rod­ney Bishop, Roger Vin­cent, Sel­wyn War­ren, Steven Reid and Tony Ge­orge.

Shown here are the most of the mem­bers of the new Trinity South Cen­tral Vol­unter Fire Depart­ment. They in­clude the fol­low­ing: Front (l-r) — Bill Jack­son, Tom Jack­son, Ray Chislett, Norm Brown, Ken Jack­son, Neil Critch, Gary Jack­son, Tony Ge­orge and Paul War­ren; back — Ja­son Jer­rett, Sel­wyn War­ren, Barry Chislett, Gary Pin­sent, Dean Cumby, Paul Ge­orge, Roger Vin­cent, Brad Critch, Jeff Jack­son, Andy Fost, Boyd Jer­rett, Justin Ma­honey, Lee Har­num, Norm Jer­rett, Wayne Ge­orge, Terry Dob­bie, Ce­cil Brown, Brad Hid­gon and Richard Bishop.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Two of the three emer­gency ve­hi­cles used by the newly ac­ti­vated Trinity South Cen­tral Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment are shown out­side the fire hall in White­way.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Shown here cut­ting cake to of­fi­cially ac­ti­vate the new Trinity South Cen­tral Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment are, from left, White­way Mayor Craig Whalen, Fire Chief Ken Jack­son, and Joy Dob­bie, chair of the Lo­cal Ser­vice District of Cavendish.

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