From the Firehouse – March 2019 calls

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MAITLAND: Mutual aid responses and medical emergencies were the top call numbers for local volunteer fire departments across the East Hants and Stewiacke area during March.

Fire departments that provided us with details of their calls for last monthly were Maitland; Kennetcook; Noel; Elmsdale; Enfield; Lantz; Stewiacke; Mount Uniacke; and Nine Mile River.

For Maitland Fire, they had seven calls, led by two structure fires, with one of those being a mutual aid request; two medical assists; one garbage fire; one chimney fire; and one grass fire.

Stewiacke Fire responded to 33 calls, with more than half—17—being for medical assists. They also had nine mutual aid requests to neighbouring departments; two commercial vehicle fires; one flooded basement; one oil spill; one structure fire; one standby at their station request; and one motor vehicle collision.

In Enfield, the fire department had 14 mutual aid requests to neighbouring departments; 13 medical assists; seven motor vehicle collisions; and one brush fire.

For Nine Mile River fire, they had 14 calls, with eight of them being mutual aid requests. They were also paged for six medical assists.

Noel Fire had 11 calls during the month of March, led by seven medical assists. They also responded to two vehicle fires; one standby request; and one structure fire.

The department is holding their monthly breakfast at the Noel Fire Hall, set for April 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For Elmsdale Fire, they had just 17 calls during the month, with 10 medical assists leading the way. They had four fire calls, two motor vehicle collisions; and one standby call.

Mount Uniacke fire responded to 17 calls, with medical assists leading the way at 13. They were also paged for three motor vehicle collisions; and one mutual aid requests to a neighbouring department.

For Kennetcook fire, they had seven calls, led by three medical assists. That tally also included two vehicle fires; one alarm activation; and one structure fire.

Lantz Fire heard the “sounds of their people” 28 times in March, led by 18 mutual aid requests to neighbouring departments. They also had 10 medical emergencies.

The department is currently recruiting new members if interested in joining email of visit the fire station Wednesday evenings.

Shubenacadie fire responded to 34 calls during the month, led by nine structure fires and eight grass fires. They also were paged for six medical assists; five motor vehicle collisions; five alarm activations; and one chimney fire.

Of the 34 calls, 16 were mutual aid requests to neighbouring departments.

Rawdon fire did not provide information by press time.

MAIN PHOTO: Gore Volunteer Fire as pictured at a weekend water shuttle training. (Chris Reade photo)