A re­tire­ment, air bags and an AGM

Ready for the call

The Victoria Standard - - Ready For The Call -


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.


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.


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.

Reg Wyer

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