Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil agrees to hold meet­ing with fire depart­ment

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS THE COM­PASS editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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

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