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Letter to the editor: Thanks from the Kingston fire department

On the 26th of June and for the next two days, over 50 firefighters a day, composed of Kingston, Middleton, Bridgetown, Berwick, Aylesford, and Nictaux departments, battled a wildfire known as the Crocker Road Fire that was caused by downed high tension power lines.

Working in co-operation with Nova Scotia Power, Emera Energy, NS Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as well as a water bomber helicopter, and Emergency Health Services, we were successful in stopping this fire with only one minor injury to a firefighter.

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This fire was in an extremely remote and rugged area with intense heat, during very dusty and dry conditions. Although one power transmission line was lost, NS Power and Emera working with Fire Incident Command built an access road to the fire, in addition to rerouting power thus avoiding the loss of power to thousands of residents from Kentville to Digby. 

On behalf of Kingston Fire Chief Watson Armstrong, we would like to recognize not only the tireless effort put in by everyone involved, and the business that allowed the volunteers to fight this fire, but also wish to thank the following local businesses and 14 Wing for their outstanding support of the Kingston Fire Department; G.W. Sampsons who lent us a four-wheeler; Greenwood Subway; Mama Sofias Pizzeria; the Kingston Fire Department Ladies Axillary who fed the all the crews; Atlantic Superstore who provided water and electrolyte replacement; and 14 Wing, who allowed the DNR helicopter to refuel, thus extending its on-station time and continuation of dropping water. 

With much gratitude!


Deputy Chief Troy Bruce

Incident Commander June 26


Captain Steve Dornan

Operations Officer June 26 and Incident Commander June 27.

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