New en­ergy for fire brigade

Im­pres­sive turnout for Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall fire­fight­ers’ ball

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRYROBERTS THE COM­PASS

A new feel­ing of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm has re­turned to the Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall vol­un­teer fire depart­ment, and it was clearly on dis­play dur­ing an up­beat and en­ter­tain­ing fire­fight­ers’ ball at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ( for­mer Lions Club) on April 28.

Some 120-plus peo­ple came out for the event, mak­ing it the most suc­cess­ful fire­fight­ers’ ball in the com­mu­nity in re­cent mem­ory.

Last year’s event at­tracted just un­der three dozen peo­ple, and prior to that, a ball hadn’t been held for many years.

A re­newed com­mit­ment to train­ing, de­tails of which were spelled out for those in at­ten­dance, is fur­ther proof that the brigade is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble fire pro­tec­tion to its cit­i­zens.

There’s also plenty of hype about a new emer­gency pag­ing sys­tem that will see the brigade part­ner with neigh­bour­ing de­part­ments in Cavendish-white­way (Trin­ity South Cen­tral) and Heart’s De­light-is­ling­ton. Cur­rently, calls for ser­vice are made to in­di­vid­ual fire­fight­ers.

Among those heap­ing praise on the Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall depart­ment was Trin­ity-bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son.

She ap­plauded the depart­ment for its ef­forts, and com­mended their will­ing­ness to work with neigh­bour­ing de­part­ments on the pur­chase and use of a new pag­ing sys­tem.

The bri­gades will share an emer­gency num­ber, and be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to pro­vide mu­tual aid, should the need arise.

“One pager sys­tem for the re­gion … will mean bet­ter ser­vice,” John­son stated.

When it comes to fund­ing re­quests from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, she said “co-op­er­a­tion goes to the top of the list.”

There were p l enty of l ight mo­ments, with Chief Aaron Hil­lier draw­ing a few laughs when he ac­cepted his fire­fighter of the year plaque. Hil­lier’s lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment has been cred­ited with help­ing bol­ster the brigade.

He thanked the spouses of the brigade mem­bers, and re­minded cit­i­zens of the “vast amounts of time” that goes into run­ning the depart­ment.

He also raved about the es­tab­lish­ment of a new com­mu­nity cen­tre in Green’s Har­bour, say­ing it has opened new op­por­tu­ni­ties for fundrais­ing and so­cial events.

The cen­tre is lo­cated at the for­mer Lions Club, and is now ad­min­is­tered by the Green’s Har­bour Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict, in part­ner­ship with the Lions Club and the fire depart­ment.

The fire depart­ment can now stage meet­ings and other ac­tiv­i­ties at the cen­tre. As a re­sult, im­prove­ments can now be car­ried out at the fire hall in or­der to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date the brigade’s equip­ment.

Hil­lier also expressed grat­i­tude to mem­bers of the Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict, which is chaired by Rose­mary White­way.

“They have been a big help,” said Hil­lier.

The evening also in­cluded a trib- ute to for­mer fire­fighter Richard Brace, who died fol­low­ing a bru­tal beat­ing in Car­bon­ear in late June 2005.

A me­mo­rial plaque was ac­cepted by Richard’s fa­ther, He­ber Brace. Richard’s fire­fight­ing hel­met and jacket were also on dis­play.

The emo­tional trib­ute brought tears to those who knew Richard, who was an en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of the brigade.

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Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Mem­bers of the Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment in­clude the fol­low­ing: Front (l-r) — Keith March, Chief Aaron Hil­lier, Justin Ware­ham, Colin Welsh and Krista Ware­ham; back — Stephen Cram, Jody O’brien, Mark Brace, Melvin Green, Stan Piercey, Shane Green, Feli­cia Ware­ham, Mark Ware­ham and Roy Pitcher.

There was an emo­tional pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the fire­fight­ers’ ball on April 28 when the Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall fire depart­ment un­veiled a plaque in mem­ory of the late Richard Brace, who died fol­low­ing a bru­tal beat­ing in Car­bon­ear in late June 2005. Brace was 30 at the time, and was a mem­ber of the fire depart­ment. For­mer chief Lorne Pretty (right) and cur­rent Chief Aaron Hil­lier (left) pre­sented the plaque to Richard’s fa­ther, He­ber Brace. Richard’s hel­met and fire­fight­ing jacket was also on dis­play. Pretty spoke highly of Richard’s ded­i­ca­tion to the fire depart­ment, and there was hardly a dry eye among the roughly 120 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

Among the spe­cial guests on hand at the Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall fire­fight­ers’ ball April 28 were Trin­ity-bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son (left) and Melvin Har­num of Heart’s De­light-is­ling­ton, a re­gional di­rec­tor with the prov­ince’s fire ser­vices as­so­ci­a­tion. Har­num is also chair of the Lower Trin­ity fire chief’s as­so­ci­a­tion, which in­cludes roughly a dozen bri­gades from Green’s Har­bour to Salmon Cove. They are shown here with Green’s Har­bour/ho­peall Chief Aaron Hil­lier and Rose­mary White­way (right), chair of the White­way Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict.

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