The making of the Austin Fire Department
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