EAST HANTS: Fire departments in East Hants had a bit of a busy month of October and they hope it doesn’t pickup with the Christmas and winter season coming up.

Here are the calls for the month from Elmsdale Volunteer Fire; Enfield Volunteer Fire; Nine Mile River Fire; and Maitland Fire.

For Elmsdale Fire, they responded to 22 calls, with more than half of those (11) being medical assists calls. They also were paged to five motor vehicle collisions; five fire-related calls (such as structure fires/vehicle fires); and one alarm activation.

Fire Chief Kevin Goodman reminded residents they have smoke detectors available for no cost at the hall.

In Nine Mile River, they were paged to 14 calls with six being mutual aid responses to neighbouring departments. They also had five medical assists, two motor vehicle collisions, and one vehicle fire.

For Maitland fire, they responded to three calls. They were one medical assist call; one power lines arcing; and one alarm activation call.

The department would like to let residents know of their annual Christms Bazzar is scheduled for Dec. 3 from 10 am to 12 p.m. at the former Maitland Elementary School.

Enfield Fire responded to a total of 29 calls in the month of October. The calls consisted of 18 medical, six motor vehicle collisions on Highway 102, three fire alarm activations, and two mutual aid requests to other departments.

Chief Terry MacAloney is reminding residents to keep fire safety at the top of their mind as the Christmas season approaches.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!