An evening of thanks
Bay de Verde welcomes back Trinity-Conception fire departments
For the 30-odd firefighters who gathered in Bay de Verde’s town hall for a special reception last Thursday, it was a considerably more relaxed atmosphere than the last time they were together.
A month earlier, firefighters from 10 departments in the Trinity-Conception area came together to battle the devastating blaze that wiped out the Quinlan Brothers fish plant. It was a uniquely difficult fire to contain, and the response from local brigades was unprecedented.
“We’ve had as many as three fire departments, but nothing to this extent,” said Ted Hopkins, the longest-serving member of Old Perlican’s fire department at 35 years and counting. He remained at the fire scene for almost 16 hours that day alongside his brother Don.
Last week’s reception was held to thank those fire departments for lending hand and hose when called upon. Brigades representing Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Hant’s Harbour, Harbour Grace, North Shore, Old Perlican and Winterton joined Bay de Verde April 11 to tackle the enormous fire. Overnight, firefighters from Heart’s Content and Heart’s Delight-Islington came to look after hot spots and relieve those who worked hard all day in a harsh environment.
“It was very comforting to see the response that happened on that particular morning,” Bay de Verde Mayor Gerard Murphy told The Compass Thursday. “They really put their all into it to try and remedy the situation. They kept the fire under control, contained to the facility itself. There was very little collateral damage.”
Bay de Verde fire chief Ambrose Broaders echoed the mayor’s sentiments.
“It’s not everyday you see that down there all ablaze,” he said, adding that the community as a whole came together to help out.
“I just want to thank ye all, and also from the town. You can’t get no better than this.”
Several donations were made to the town and volunteer fire brigade during the event. Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars pre- sented a cheque for $7,500 from proceeds of an alumni game played at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium last month. Hickman Motors and Bay de Verde native Eugene Lewis donated $2,500 to the fire department, staff at Baccalieu collegiate raised just over $300, and Broaders’ daughter Dana Coish spearheaded an effort to raised almost $2,300 to purchase new fire boots.
“I’m proud to say that my dad is the fire chief here in Bay de Verde, and the pride that he shows in his fire department is beyond words,” she said prior to presenting the cheque. “To see that day him fighting the fire was devastating, because I knew inside it was his place of work as well as he was the chief trying to keep things under control. He did a wonderful job, and we are extremely proud of him.”
“The expressions of goodwill are indeed appreciated,” said the mayor.
I just want to thank you all, and also from the town. You can’t get no better than this. Ambrose Broaders
Bay de Verde Fire Chief Ambrose Broaders thanks fellow firefighters for assisting his team during last month’s fish plant fire.
Bay de Verde Mayor Gerard Murphy (far right) was able to personally thank his son Michael Murphy (middle) from the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department for their help battling the fish plant fire. Pictured at the far left is Bay Roberts assistant fire chief Doug Mercer.
Dozens of people came out for last Thursday’s event to honour firefighters who battled the Quinlan Brothers fish plant blaze in Bay de Verde.
Dana Coish said she was very proud of her dad, Bay de Verde Fire Chief Ambrose Broaders. She raised $2,275 to help the local brigade purchase new boots.
Harbour Grace Oceans Enterprises CeeBee Stars presented a cheque for $7,500 to the Town of Bay de Verde. Pictured is (from left) Fire Chief Ambrose Broaders, Lee Noseworthy, Mark Reynolds, Mayor Gerard Murphy and Tracy Shute.