Burgeo holds firemen’s ball
Firemen pay tribute with a minute of silence.
A moment of silence was held in remembrance of all past members of the Burgeo Volunteer Fire Department.
This year, the firemen’s ball, held on Sept. 24, was in memory of late pump captain Frank Swift, who passed away earlier this year.
Swift was one of the first volunteers that helped start the Burgeo department in 1963 and was an active member over the years, and loved being a fireman.
The firemen and invited guests were served a hot meal by the Burgeo Lioness. Training officer Ross Hann emceed for the evening introducing and welcoming Burgeo – La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons, Mayor Barbara Barter, RCMP Constable Tom Roach, Rev. Elsie Rose as well as members of the Ramea and Francois fire departments.
Barter welcomed everyone to the ball and thanked the members of the Burgeo fire department for the great job they do for the town, to which Parsons agreed.
Fire Chief Glen Hann gave his report for the past year 2015, thanking the members for the great job they do as firefighters.
Hann went on to say that during a training night last year in August a three foot rip came into the water holding tank of the fire truck which is a 1991 model. East Can fire services was contacted and the rip in the tank can’t be repaired.
Burgeo is 149 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway and if this truck goes down the town would be left with just two portable pumps. Letters have been sent to Government and Fire Emergency Services of the Fire Department concerns.
Burgeo has 30 active members in the fire department.
During 2015 the department had 32 regular training nights, special drills, 10 business meetings and one emergency meeting.
Firefighters responded to five emergencies including one truck fire at Buck Lake, one shed fire, they helped pump out with a flooded basement, one motion sensor alarm at the ferry terminal and also assisted RCMP, military and Canadian Coast Guard when the vessel CCG Ann Harvey went aground.
The department completed an inspection for liquor license for the Sand and Sea Festival and also set off the fireworks.
The fire department held a number of fundraisers to raise money for their department with the special fundraiser Chase the Ace.
A number of awards were presented to members for their years of service with Corey Meade receiving the Firefighters Appreciation Award.
The Burgeo Volunteer Fire Department posed for a group photo on Sept. 24 during the annual firemen’s ball with Mayor Barbara Barter, MHA Andrew Parsons, and local RCMP Tom Roach.
Deputy fire chief Dave Macdonald presented a plaque of appreciation to NL hydro employee Glen Dominey in thanks for a donation.
Deputy chief Dave Macdonald presented Ramea/Burgeo fireman Kevin Fudge with his cold water ice rescue certificate.
Glen Hann and Bruce Green, both with 37 years of service with the department, proudly show their 35-year appreciation plaques from the provincial government.
Burgeo – La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons presented firefighter Ross Hann with his certificate “Bachelor Marine Studies.”