Shelburne volunteer firefighters get ready to tackle a blaze.
By Amy Woolvett
The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department saw a positive year for 2013 including a rise in membership along with a reduction of calls for service.
The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department provides emergency service response to the residents of the Town of Shelburne as well as the surrounding areas of the Municipality of Shelburne.
“In Shelburne we enjoy a wonderful spirit of cooperation with our emergency response partners,” says fire chief, Edgar Allison. “We would like to thank the staff and members of the local RCMP detachment and the paramedics from Shelburne for another year of tremendous support.”
Allison says they could not function with out the willingness and understanding of local business owners who allow their staff to leave work to attend fire calls.
“We all need to be thankful for their community spirit and contribution to our service,” he says.
Allison is happy to announce the plan to put a new truck in the fire departments fleet for this year.
In 2012, outmigration resulted in a decline in the department to 34 active members.
This was a concern and worry for the department but 2013 proved to be an exceptional year.
The department started 2014 with 44 active members.
“We are very encouraged by the number and quality of new members that have joined over the last year,” says Allison.
As well, in the last year the department saw a reduction in calls for service. There were 85 calls in 2012 and were down to 73 calls in 2013.
“We believe this is a result of the community spending more time being fire safe at home and work…thank you for that,” says Allison.
The department also released its call statistics for the year.
There were 73 total calls for service with the majority of calls going to the municipality. The department responded 49 percent of the time to municipal calls including alarms sounding, medical, chimney fires, vehicle fires, grass, brush or forest fires and downed power lines. The majority of the calls were for vehicle accidents. There were also two structure fires in 2013.
The department responded to 29 calls within town limits including five motor vehicle accidents, two structure fires, five medical calls, two chimney fires and 10 alarm soundings.
Most of the department calls happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with 49 calls.
The other 24 calls were responded to between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
“We look forward to providing service to Shelburne and the surrounding area in 2014.”