‘Fire­fight­ing is in his blood’

Mimine­gash fire Chief Wayne Gal­lant re­tires af­ter 45 years with depart­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY ERIC MC­CARTHY

The Mimine­gash Fire Depart­ment has an open-door pol­icy for its re­cently re­tired chief.

“They told me I’m al­ways wel­come to come back,” Wayne Gal­lant said with a smile.

Gal­lant re­ceived pre­sen­ta­tions from the Com­mu­nity of Mimine­gash, the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments and from the fire depart­ment he’s been a part of for 45 years dur­ing a re­cent fire depart­ment ap­pre­ci­a­tion night.

The pro­gram was hosted by the com­mu­nity.

“I didn’t join it for the years,” Gal­lant said when asked if he were ever tempted to stay on for the 50-year mile­stone.

“I joined to be a fire­fighter and I en­joyed what I did.”

Dur­ing his fi­nal six years with the depart­ment, he served as chief.

He viewed the ar­rival of a new fire truck last July as one of his high­lights.

He re­called that the depart­ment had just one truck when he joined in 1973. Look­ing around the fire hall, he noted the depart­ment is now well equipped with trucks and equip­ment.

He also ac­knowl­edged the strong sup­port the depart­ment re­ceives from the Mimine­gash Firemenettes and the com­mu­ni­ties the depart­ment pro­tects.

The firemenettes, he said, pro­vided $95,000 to­wards the pur­chase of the new fire truck and con­tinue to be a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the depart­ment.

Dur­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion night, the depart­ment re­ceived a $5,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to as­sist with train­ing costs and a $5,000 do­na­tion from the Tig­nish Credit Union.

Rob Trem­blay has taken over as chief. He had served as deputy while Gal­lant was in com­mand.

“Fire­fight­ing is in his blood and al­ways will be,” Trem­blay said about the retiring chief.

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