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.

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