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.
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.
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.
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.