This year the department had a little more to celebrate with the arrival of its new fire truck the day before.
During his report, fire chief Tony Snook spoke about this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme — “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” – and the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom and every level of your home.
Snook said the department responded to 17 calls over the past year.
They were a mutual aid call, two grass fires, a chimney fire, two shed fires, an ATV fire, a kitchen fire, two false alarms, a call concerning smoke in a business, an outdoor fire, a fire that destroyed two travel trailers, a vehicle fire, a motor vehicle accident and a pole fire.
Snook thanked Grand Bank MHA Darin King for everything he has done for the fire department since taking office. King, who isn’t running in the upcoming provincial election, was in attendance for his last official function as a member of government.
Duane Antle, newly elected president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services, was also attended the event.
Service awards were presented to firefighters Derrick Dunne for 20 years, Craig Barnes for 15 years, Jim Skinner for 10 years, Clayton Strowbridge for 10 years and Garry Hillier for five years.
Fire Flares president Jaclyn Hillier presented a donation of $500 to the department during the festivities.
The Muscular Dystrophy Committee also donated another $1,800 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
The Southern Gazette