Ex­plor­ing po­ten­tial for re­gional fire de­part­ment

Town of Arnold’s Cove Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment cur­rently look­ing for more vol­un­teers

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB [email protected]­acket.ca

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.

PACKET FILE PHOTO

Arnold’s Cove Mayor Basil Da­ley

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