Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department held their 177th annual general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Prior to the meeting getting started members observed a moment of silence for fallen firefighter Jack Surette. After addressing matters arising from both old and new business, Election of officers were held. Following are the positions for which they were held and those elected to them.
President: Matt Ryhno
Vice President: Darren King
Treasurer: Martin Doucette
Secretary: Oliver Gascoingne
Administration Committee: Chad Hersey, Mike Deveau, Mitch Zwicker and Stewart Deveau
Congratulations to those elected.
YFD auxiliary annual general meeting
Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department auxiliary held their annual general meeting on Sunday, Feb. 09 at which time election of officers were held. Following are the positions for which they were held and those elected to them.
President: Gwen Lake
Vice President: Gail Fitzgerald
Secretary: Candy Fitzgerald
Treasurer: Carol Lowe
Congratulations to those elected.
This past month has, thankfully, proven very quiet regarding fire calls.
On Feb. 21 at 14:09 firefighters responded to a report of a barn fire at 1612 Chebogue Rd., Kelleys Cove. Upon arrival Engine #4 reported a small shed fully involved. Tanker #22 responded for water supply. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish what remained of the building.
A call to 911 had emergency responders rushing to the vicinity of Civic #94 Kinney Hill Road in Arcadia for a report of a plane crash with entrapment. RCMP arrived on scene, located in a small cemetery, to find a four seat single engine Piper Cub airplane lodged precariously in a large tree approximately nine meters from the ground. As they approached the site they were able to make contact with the male pilot, the lone occupant, at which time it was confirmed that, although he was not entrapped and was uninjured, he was obviously unable to get down without assistance. Firefighters with Engine #4 and Rescue/Command Unit #14 responded and upon arrival began accessing the situation. After careful consideration firefighters proceeded to raise an extension ladder up to the cockpit at which time firefighter Darren King climbed up and after further assessment was able to safely assist the pilot from the wreckage and down the ladder. Once down he was able to walk to waiting EHS paramedics for treatment of a small laceration. He was then transported to Yarmouth Regional Hospital for further and precautionary examination. He was released a short time later. The pilot reports that he had been doing routine maneuvers when he suddenly began experiencing engine trouble. Realizing that he would probably not be able to make it back to the Yarmouth airport he decided he would try to make an emergency landing in a field located along side of the cemetery. In the process of making a turn the plane struck a large hardwood tree taking the top off it before coming to rest in a smaller tree. The aircraft struck the tree with the left wing with the cockpit wedging itself against the tree. Members of the Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate and the wrecked plane was removed from the tree. The pilot, who has been flying for over 30 years, believes that atmospheric conditions may have caused ice to build up in the carburetor. ‚Ä®
Fire departments meetings and activities
‚Ä®Below are the details of any fire department related meetings, training or fundraising events that are scheduled for the month of March. (All times are p.m.)
‚Ä® ‚Ä®March 10 - Kemptville Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7:30
- Quinan Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7
- East Pubnico Fire Department's monthly training at 7
- Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7‚Ä®
- West Pubnico Fire Department's monthly training at 7
‚Ä®March 11 - Islands & District Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7
- Amirault's Hill/Hubbard‚Äôs Point Fire Department's weekly training at 7
‚Ä® - Wedgeport & District Fire Department's weekly training at 7
March 12 - Amirault's Hill/Hubbard‚Äôs Point Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7
- Lake Vaughan Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7:30
March 13 - Argyle Municipal Fire Fighters' Association meeting at 7:30
- Yarmouth Fire Department's training at 7: (open to all departments)‚Ä®
March 14 - Cribbage at the Wedgeport Fire Hall at 7:30
March 17 - Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7
‚Ä®March 18 - Amirault's Hill/Hubbard‚Äôs Point Fire Department's weekly training at 7
-Wedgeport & District Fire Department's weekly training at 7
March 20 - Yarmouth County Mutual Aid meeting at 7:30
March 21 - Cribbage at the Wedgeport fire hall at 7:30
March 24 - West Pubnico Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7:30
- Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7.
March 25 - Wedgeport Auxiliary's monthly meeting at 7
- Amirault's Hill/Hubbard‚Äôs Point Fire Department's weekly training at 7 - Wedgeport & District Fire Department's weekly training at 7.
March 26 - East Pubnico Fire Department's monthly meeting at 7
- Lake Vaughan Fire Department's monthly training at 7
March 27 - Port Maitland Fire Department's monthly meeting or training at 7:30
- Carleton Fire Department's monthly training at 7
- Yarmouth Fire Department's training at 7 (open to all departments)‚Ä®
March 28 - Cribbage at the Wedgeport fire hall at 7:30
As with many small community fire departments the Yarmouth Fire Department is continually seeking new members to become volunteer firefighters. As a volunteer firefighter you become a member of an elite group of men and women dedicated to serving and protecting their community and its citizens. Volunteers are provided with all necessary firefighting equipment and training, free vehicle registration, free gym membership, life insurance coverage paid by the department, provincial and federal tax credits as well as a yearly honorarium. What is required to become a volunteer? Must be 19 years of age, must pass medical exam, submit to a police record check. For further information or for an application please contact Yarmouth Fire Dispatch at 742-7411 or contact any member of the department.
The Yarmouth Auxiliary is also seeking both male and female members. For further information on becoming a member of the Auxiliary please contact president Gwen Lake at 742-7535.