Wagmatcook house fire, grants and more
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Baddeck Vol. Fire Dept.
On Oct. 8, BVFD sent all fire trucks to Wagmatcook in a mutual aid response to a working house fire. Baddeck firefighters donned breathing apparatus to assist Wagmatcook firefighters already engaged in fighting the fire. The refill station located on Truck No. 4 allowed for emptied air tanks to be refilled onsite, allowing the fire to be safely and continuously fought at close quarters until extinguished.
On Oct. 9, Baddeck responded to a fallen tree on a power line in Englishtown and a motor vehicle fire near the Baddeck RCMP office along Highway 105.
The BVFD held their Annual Harvest Dinner on Oct. 21. Thanks to Co-ordinator Patti Garland, Friends of The Community Centre, and firefighters for all their work in hosting this important fundraiser. Sincere thanks and appreciation to all the individuals and businesses that attended the dinner and who contributed cash donations, advertising and auction items. Finally, to our auctioneer, Alan Henderson, for his always successful, entertaining and speedy performance. The Community Center’s future relies on the support of the Community, so thanks to all.
A fire prevention talk was provided by two firefighters on Oct. 24 to 26 children from Baddeck Nursery School during Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters dress in full turnout gear and breathing apparatus for the visit so that youngsters will grow accustomed to the look of rescuers in the event of a fire. Children often hide during a house fire, partly out of fear of the look of firefighters wearing masks.
On November 2, the Province announced the names of departments receiving Emergency Services Provider Fund Grants in 2017-18. Baddeck received the maximum of $20,000 and will go towards new turnout gear the department purchased last spring. Bay St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department ($6,843.60) and Big Bras d'or Volunteer Fire Department ($12,210.89) also received funds.
The department has received a new application for membership and will vote on the matter at the regular monthly meeting of BVFD on Nov. 7.
Middle River Vol. Fire Depart.
Members of the department stand with their brothers and sisters in remembering the fallen on November 11. Also, A reminder to Middle River residents to make sure your chimneys are clean and to have working smoke detectors for the upcoming season.