A retirement, air bags and an AGM
Ready for the call
CPT. DANIEL CHIASSON WYER RETIRES
Reg Wyer announced his retirement from the BVFD at the April 2018 general meeting, having served for 48 1/2 years.
“Reg has always been a positive, all-round contributor to the BVFD,” said Chief Darren Macaulay.
Wyer spent his career with the Department of Natural Resources and was key in ensuring that the BVFD was well-equipped with pumps, back packs and upto-date training in brush and forest firefighting techniques. He maintained good communication and public relations between BVFD and Natural Resources.
During his tenure, Reg was the BBQ chef of the department and will be remembered for providing many a good meal at fire department parties.
“Reg wasn’t just a name on a roster. He was a ‘backbone’ kind of volunteer in our department. He took his commitment as a firefighter very seriously and the Department has benefitted greatly from his participation and his education,” said longtime active volunteer Shane Macfarlane, praising Wyer for his loyal and dedicated volunteer service that began shortly after arriving in Baddeck with his wife and children.
Wyer also singularly paint ed the exterior of the Co-op on his own initiative last year.
The department is very sorry to see him go. Wyer’s parting words says it all: “If you need me, call!” Thank you, Reg.
BVFD responded to a structure fire in South Haven on April 25. Deputy Chief David Buchanan took charge in the absence of the Chief, who was on a well-deserved break.
With a barn fully-engulfed in flames, firefighters secured the area, applied water from its trucks and followed with foam to fully extinguish the fire.
At one point, firefighter Scott Buchanan was getting drinking water for firefighters when he walked through soft ground. On inspection, he noticed ashes, charcoal and below that, live embers. He notified the Deputy Chief and they traced the burnt grass from the pile of ashes to the barn. It turns out a neighbor had dumped live ashes from his fireplace, believing there were no live coals remaining.
The BVFD would like to remind everyone: whether a fire is extinguished is not a matter of opinion - it is a matter of fact. Know for a fact that you have extinguished your ashes, backyard fire or any other kind of fire. Help preserve our environment, while keeping volunteer firefighters at home. Daily burning restrictions are available toll free at 1-888-5642876 (burn). Make sure you also familiarize yourself with any relevant Village or Municipal Bylaws.
A WOMEN PINNED
On March 31, BVFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in Bucklaw. Upon arrival, Chief Macaulay took command of the scene.
EHS paramedics were attending to an individual who was partially pinned underneath her vehicle that had rolled over after leaving the highway. The department strategically placed vetter bags -- highly-engineered inflatable bags that are very thin prior to inflation, but expand using air pressure to lift heavy objects in a safe and controlled manner -- under the vehicle and filled them to carefully lift the vehicle. The individual was removed to the ambulance by paramedics with assistance from BVFD. RCMP were also on hand to assist at the scene. The Baddeck Lions Club deserve praise for donating these expensive bags to the BVFD some time ago.
CAROLYN BARBER NSDVFD HOLDS AGM
North Shore and District Volunteer Fire Department held its Annual General Meeting April 30.
Ian Mcvicar, Coxheath fire department captain and director of operations for Breton Smartek, gave a demonstration of his company’s smartphone app FIREQ-RVS (Response Verification System). The app allows communication between firefighters and central dispatch. With the app, departments know who is responding to a fire and when. The app tracks firefighter availability, inventory and equipment, incident responses, training and certifications. The app is sold across North America.
The department financial statements were reviewed. Questions regarding the theft of $35,000 in 2016 and theft of $36,640 in 2017 were clarified. It was explained that the former department treasurer has repaid the department a lump sum of $100,000 and will repay another $50,000 over the next five years. The repayment covers the theft identified in 2016 and 2017 as well as previous years which were not discussed. The department has subsequently initiated a monthly review of bank statements.
The department has paid half of their new $130,000 fire truck. Remaining payments are $1500/ month.
Merrill Macinnis stepped down as Fire Chief and will remain part of the board executive. Randy Maceachern is now Fire Chief of the department. Firefighter Brent Partland has taken on the role of department training officer.
Firefighter Nancy Smith indicated that the department’s defibrillators need to be replaced. Defibrillators have a lifespan of 8 years, yet the department’s defibrillators are 16 years old.