Kings fire departments ready for hurricane Arthur emergencies

Published on July 4, 2014

Although there aren’t a lot of specific plans made, fire departments across Kings County are prepared to help if any emergency situations arise from hurricane Arthur.

Wolfville Fire Chief Kirk Fredericks said he’s been working with the Emergency Management Office (EMO) and watching the forecast for the storm, which is due to hit Nova Scotia on July 5.

“We’re playing the storm by ear,” Fredericks said. “We may or may not have a small standby crew around Saturday, it depends on how the track goes.”

Aylesford Fire Chief Shawn Carey said their hall has a back-up generator and they’re prepared to open as a comfort centre if the power is out for a prolonged period of time, for example, or if community members need a source of fresh water.

“We’re ready for it,” Carey said.

Port Williams Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Miller said firefighters “plan for the worst everyday.” It can be difficult to anticipate what can result from any given storm, he said, but firefighters are trained to help with any emergency. Firefighters have to be prepared for everything from a downed power line to a collapsed building. Miller said they would wait to “hear what the pager has to say.”

Greenwich Fire Chief Dave Miller said his department would also be playing it by ear. They’re prepared to open the hall as a community comfort centre if needed and he reminds residents not to hesitate to call for help if they’re faced with a downed tree or another form of emergency.

Waterville and District Fire Department spokesman Kevin Ernest said their hall is equipped to serve as an emergency comfort centre and the department is prepared to take action if needed. Normally, he added, word would come from the County of Kings if the hall were needed as an emergency comfort centre.

Tropical storm conditions are possible between the early morning and evening on July 5, with tropical storm-force winds of possibly 60 gusting to 90 km/h over exposed areas. Hurricane Arthur could be downgraded to a strong post-tropical storm by the time it hits the Maritimes.