Hail to the chief
Adam Norman elected eighth Bay Roberts fire chief
It has only been a couple of days but new Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Adam Norman is immersing himself in his new position.
He won’t formally assume the mantle until Feb. 3, but Norman is working hard acquainting himself with the intricacies that come with chief. Until then, assistant chief Doug Mercer is serving as interim fire chief.
Regardless, Norman has jumped headlong into the position.
Surrounded by files, roster lists and other forms of paperwork in the upstairs office at the fire hall, Norman is familiarizing himself with the processes.
The 30-year-old Bay Roberts resident defeated incumbent chief Clarence Russell at the department’s bi-annual election of officers on Jan. 27. Russell had been chief for 12 years.
“I’ve received nothing but good feedback,” said Norman of being selected.
Norman had made up his mind to run for the top position a month prior to the election. “There were a lot of things to consider,” he said. The primary consideration being the substantial time commitment that comes with being fire chief. Norman has a young family and runs his own business, R-Factor Insulators.
“My family is all behind me 100 per cent,” he said. “It’s a great morale boost.”
Norman has been a firefighter since 2006, and has served as a lieutenant and fire captain during his tenure.
He becomes the eighth chief in the department’s history, as well as its youngest.
Norman takes charge of the department just after it welcomed its newest piece of firefighting equipment.
The 1992 Simon-Duplex ladder truck arrived at the station on Jan. 22 to much fanfare.
The truck will allow firefighters to attack fires from above with increased water pressure. It will also give the department additional rescue options.
“It adds a new dimension to the way we fight fires,” said Norman.
Norman walks into the position behind a man who spent the last decade-plus at the helm of the department. However, he is not daunted by the task in front of him for the next two years. In fact, he relishes the opportunity. “I enjoy having a leadership role,” said Norman. Being the proprietor of his own business, as well as serving as a lieutenant and fire captain, helped prepare him for the role.
“Having that experience helps,” said Norman. “It’s a big role to fill.”
In his new role as chief, Norman will have plenty of support from the other members of the department, especially the officers.
“I have a great group of fellas as my officers,” he said. “There is a lot of experience behind you.”
Each one will be there to lend their experience to any situation the new chief may find himself in.
Support will not only come from the department. The town council consistently throws a great deal of support behind the department.
During the town’s regular council meeting on Jan. 28, Mayor Philip Wood reiterated the sentiment. Wood also took the opportunity to thank Russell for his years of service to the community.
“It’s great having the town stand behind you,” said Norman.
He added: “I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel. I’m excited to get going.”
Adam Norman is the new fire chief with the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department. Norman is the eighth chief in the department’s history, as well as its youngest.