The mak­ing of the Austin Fire Depart­ment

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY -

March 14, 1978 was the first time the no­tion of a fire depart­ment was of­fi­cially brought to Coun­cil in Austin, Que­bec.

April 4 - They moved to send 6 vol­un­teer fire­man to fire cour­ses in Lyn­donville, Ver­mont.

May 24 - The Coun­cil sub­mit­ted a bid to pur­chase its first fire truck.

June 26 - The mu­nic­i­pal­ity made a re­quest for a grant to build a fire hall and pur­chase fire trucks, which was sub­se­quently ap­proved.

On Septem­ber 18, 1978 Coun­cilors Allen Dow­big­gin and Larry Etier were ap­pointed to the fire com­mit­tee, and Arthur Bryant was ap­pointed Fire Chief. The coun­cil at the time con­sisted of the fol­low­ing men:

Roger Ni­co­let - Mayor

Allen Dow­big­gin - Coun­cil­lor Regi­nald Ding­man - Coun­cil­lor Grayson Westover - Coun­cil­lor Larry Etier - Coun­cil­lor

El­win Bryant - Coun­cil­lor

Louis Viscogliosi - Coun­cil­lor

It is thanks to these men that Austin was able to form its Fire Depart­ment. A legacy we can all be proud of and that still con­tin­ues to­day. Thank you to all past and cur­rent First Re­spon­ders and Fire­men for your ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

Thank you! Sub­mit­ted by Gor­don Bryant and Sons

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