Exploring potential for regional fire department
Town of Arnold’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department currently looking for more volunteers
The Town of Arnold’s Cove is in the early stages of exploring the potential for a regional fire department for the area, which would include the communities of Sunnyside, Southern Harbour, and Come by Chance.
In a Nov. 7 council meeting, Deputy Mayor Aiden Wadman informed council that Mayor Basil Daley (who was not present at the meeting) had proposed that the Regional Committee look into having a feasibility study done on the prospect of a regional fire department.
The town has since met with the fire department and are awaiting a response before going to the other communities or going ahead with having a study completed.
Daley further explained that, due to geography and distance, a regional fire service would not necessarily mean one central building.
“We see a need. Our fire department is having trouble with membership, like everybody else is,” explained Daley. “Right now, we have eight response vehicles in four towns of 1,800 people.”
The Arnold’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department and the town sent a joint letter to residents Nov. 21 explaining that over the last couple of years the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped from 30 to 24.
The letter goes on to explain that of those 24, several work out of town, while others may not be able to leave work in case of an emergency, while others are close to retirement age.
Of those 24, only about 10-15 may be available at any given time, according to the letter.
Recently, the communities of Lewisporte, Campbellton, Embree, Little Burnt Bay, Loon Bay, Porterville and Brown’s Arm had discussed the potential of regional fire services, but Lewsiporte backed out of the proposal in June.
The Packet will have more information as it becomes available.
Arnold’s Cove Mayor Basil Daley