Dept. looking for 2 new members.
The Port aux Basques Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a couple of new members.
Usually the department keeps its membership at 35. For a couple of different reasons, there are currently 33 volunteer firefighters.
Fire Chief Jerry Musseau says the time commitment required to be a firefighter is the most important part.
“We have two training sessions each month, plus we have a monthly meeting,” said Musseau.
Then there’s the constant on-call status.
“You don’t know when you’re going to get a fire call or an emergency call of any kind.”
Firefighters are very active in the community, hosting and participating in such events as Fire Prevention Safety Week talks at schools, or organizing the Santa Claus Parade. Anyone thinking of joining will have to be aware of the time demands on his or her schedule as a result.
“There’s a lot of training that comes with it,” advises Musseau, “but there’s no testing to pass.”
The last time the department recruited new members was two years ago.
For those who choose to volunteer, everything is provided by the department including the training sessions, which take place in the evening. There is a one- year probation period for new recruits.
Anyone looking to help, meet others, learn new skills and take on new challenges is encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the town office.
“I love it,” said Musseau, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 28 years.
The best part for him is making a difference.
“When a call comes in I’m just glad I’m there to help someone out in whatever way I can.”
Gary Sparkes, Fire Chief Jerry Musseau, and Ed Reid.