Spaniard’s Bay council agrees to hold meeting with fire department
During a Spaniard’s Bay council meeting held on May 1, town manager Tony Ryan mentioned a letter the town received regarding the local fire department.
The letter was not read aloud during the meeting; however, Ryan said that the letter, written by Tammy Hiscock, requested that the town arrange a meeting with the fire department.
Hiscock is the wife of Victor Hiscock, former chief of the Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department.
“I don’t see any reason not to,” said Mayor Tony Menchions.
In February of 2017, a recommendation was made in a review of the fire department for the council to meet with former members of the brigade, to see how they were doing a year after the incident.
The Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department was crippled by sexual harassment allegations, which included the alleged presentation of pornography during a training session. The review released earlier this year found little in the way of evidence to support harassment allegations leveled against the department.
Multiple firefighters resigned in January of 2016 following the resignation of council liaison Sherri Collins, who claimed she was verbally harassed by volunteer firefighter Brenda Seymour, who is also a town councillor. It was Seymour who brought to light harassment allegations within the department.
Victor Hiscock decided not to reapply for a position with the brigade in February of 2016, saying he was done with it.
“I think we should do this as soon as possible,” added Menchions during the council meeting. “It’d be good to have as many council members present as possible, and that might be difficult with vacations and all that coming up soon.”
An exact date has not yet been set for the meeting between council and the fire department.
“I think we should do this as soon as possible.” Mayor Tony Menchions