Sunday, September 29, 2013

Western Shore VFD

Novas Scotia's extensive and well organized fire service - particularly its mutual aid system- was called upon again in this week. This time it was a major structure fire in Lunenburg which was attended by 16 departments. Many others provided coverage where units had been dispatched to Lunenburg, so the numbers of VFDs effected by the fire could reach in to the dozens.

A fire near Liverpool in 2011 was typical of the response to a major incident, and an excellent write up describes how mutual aid worked:

Among the fire districts in Nova Scotia is the Municipal District of Chester, which comprises seven volunteer departments described on their excellent web site:

One of the department is located in Western Shore, and two of their apparatus were outside on Saturday while the hall was in use for a public event run.

 1. This 1995 Chev with Lantz body is Rescue 721 and carries 6 SCBA, and extrication gear and is a first responder to MVAs and Medical calls.
2. Pumper Tanker 721 is a 2007 Navistar International 7600 with Fort Garry body. It has a 2500 gallon tank, 1250 igpm pump, 1400 ft of 5 inch and 1000 ft of 3 inch hose and foam.


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