Metaphorically, building an effective volunteer fire department is like climbing a firefighter’s ladder: one foot after the other, with care and purpose.
There are residents in the Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove area starting from the bottom rung, working their way up to having fire protection for their communities.
And they are off to a solid start.
Harry’s Harbour resident Gail Budgell is now the Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief for the upcoming year.
Gail was “instrumental in initiating the Fire Department” after realizing the five small communities there had no local fire protection.
Following a recent meeting, the Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department Committee is now:
Fire Chief – Gail Budgell
Assistant Fire Chief – Ed Patey
Secretary – Janice Sharpe
Treasurer – Selby Knight
Captain Volunteer – Bud Budgell
Lieutenant Volunteer – Dean King
At the end of October this year, a number of new firefighters from this very new department gave up a whole weekend to complete a Defensive Firefighting course in Springdale, conducted by members of the Springdale Volunteer Fire Department.
The new firefighters from Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove completed the training using gear borrowed from Springdale.
This new department is pretty serious. Firefighter training will take place in 3 meetings out of the 4 each month. Meetings are held every Wednesday with committee members and all volunteer firefighters, about 15 people in total.
The Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department will soon start some ambitious fund raising efforts to get the firefighting equipment and gear they’ll need.
The department is still recruiting members. If you are interested in joining them as a volunteer firefighter, contact them through their Facebook page.
The need for active fire protection in that area was recently highlighted when they had to put out a fire in a wooded area inside Harry’s Harbour community limits. Four fire department members were successful in putting out the fire with only a portable water pump and no protective gear. [Read about the fire on greenbayfeed.com]
In 2018, the five small communities (Harry’s Harbour, Silverdale, Langdon’s Cove, Nicky’s Nose Cove and Jackson’s Cove) will have a very big time with a ‘Come Home Year’ week of events. The Harry’s Harbour/Jackson’s Cove Volunteer Fire Department will benefit from the proceeds. Registration for the Come Home Year is now open. [Read about the Come Home Year on greenbayfeed.com]