Marys­town Fire Chief makes ap­peal for new mem­bers

Work com­mit­ments out­side of the province a drain on vol­un­teer fire­fighter num­bers

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - MARYS­TOWN, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­

Fire Chief Alex Coady of the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment said the de­part­ment is hop­ing to at­tract more mem­bers that per­ma­nently re­side within town lim­its.

“It is no dis­re­spect to the peo­ple that work turn around, they’ve got to make a liv­ing for them (and their) fam­i­lies… that comes first and fore­most,” said Coady, “but we’re try­ing to work our way away from that and try to get peo­ple that are work­ing lo­cal.”

Coady said it makes it dif­fi­cult for the de­part­ment when mem­bers are only avail­able for so many days out of the month.

Dur­ing a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing it was an­nounced that the de­part­ment was down by five mem­bers, and although Coady said that is the fact, he told The South­ern Gazette that num­bers are not at a crit­i­cal level.

“We’re well above av­er­age for re­sponse,” he said. “We’re still main­tain­ing about 16-20 mem­bers re­spond­ing to any calls.”

In the past, the de­part­ment has been able to main­tain a full com­ple­ment of 30 mem­bers, Coady said the hope is once em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties pick up in the town it will aid in their re­cruit­ment ef­forts.

“Some of our mem­bers (that) are gone away will prob­a­bly be home,” he said.

He ex­plained that the de­part­ment also had two mem­bers re­tire.

“Two of them had their 20 years of ser­vice in and they just felt it was time for some younger peo­ple to get in­volved and they stepped aside,” Coady said. “We’re not los­ing peo­ple just be­cause they’re say­ing, ‘I’ve had enough of it’. Our loss in mem­ber­ship is work (com­mit­ments), 90 per cent of it.”


Mem­ber of the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment were pre­sented with awards for ser­vice dur­ing the an­nual Fire­fight­ers Ball held Satur­day, Oct.13. Pic­tured, from left, Fire Chief Alex Coady, Wal­ter Val­lis (five years), Justin Green (five years), Leo Green (10 years), Ken­neth Ride­out (10 years), Cap­tain Wayde Clarke (25 years), MHA Mark Browne and As­sis­tant Chief Ge­orge Shave.

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