Bur­geo holds fire­men’s ball

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY NORM STRICK­LAND

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.”

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