Fire & IT News
Little Dover Fire Station
In the middle of March, the Little Dover Fire Department moved into their new fire station. The project began in October and was finished on time and on budget. The building is energy efficient with state of the art monitoring systems for carbon monoxide, oxygen, etc levels.
This continues to show MODG's commentment to the fire service and protection of its residents. Please stay tuned for a Grand Opening Event in the Summer.
Wood Burning Device Safety
Since we are part way through the winter, it is not the time to forget safety for burning wood in your home. As time goes by, be sure and clean your flue as often as possible to remove any build up of creosote. Creosote is an extremely flammable by product of incomplete combustion that lines the inside of your flue. Over time it builds up layers in the flue and therefore makes the flue smaller and smaller.
Two things can occur, creosote can build up enough to completely close off your flue and fill the house with smoke. Or if you, for whatever reason, build an abnormally hot fire, it can cause the creosote to ignite inside the flue and have a fire from the stove to the top of the flue. If this happens, please call the fire department, however with proper cleaning and maintenance, this should never happen.
Also, please ensure that you are burning good dry wood as wet or damp wood causes creosote to form quicker and result in more required cleaning and chance of a flue fire.
Progress on the Little Dover Fire Station
On July 16th, the former FoodTown Store in Little Dover was demolished by Municipal Staff to make way for the new Little Dover Fire Station.
Recently, tenders have been called for the building of the station closing on August 31, 2012 with construction to start in September.
Again, this progress makes our fire service stronger and progressive to ensure adequate protection for our residents throughout the Municipality. Also, please be aware that during construction, the site will be a hazardous area, so please stay away from the site for everyones safety.
Hope to see you there for the Grand Opening in 2013.
Welcome to the Canso Volunteer Fire Department
As you are aware, the former Town of Canso dissolved to join the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on July 1, 2012. As a result, the Canso Volunteer Fire Department has also joined our current 10 fire departments that service the Municipality. Having said that, a frame work was laid for this merger a number of years ago by including the fire department within our Mutual Aid structure, practicing and training with the department and their neighbours.
As a result, they now can fully utilize MODG programs and opportunities as the other departments can. Examples of those would be our paging program (dispatching), volunteer fire fighter injury insurance, group insurance policy for buildings, apparatus, etc., to name a few.
Again, welcome, and we look forward to many years of service together as we continue to build our emergency services.
It is that time of year again, a time to enjoy the water, and get your boat out for use again. However, there are a few things to remember. Ensure that you have your Pleasure Craft Operators card, your boat has been checked over for safe operation, and you are carrying the necessary Items onboard.
Generally, the following equipment is required in various sizes and types, depending on your craft. A personal flotation device for each person onboard, heaving line, reboarding device, manual propelling device, anchor, bailer, flashlight, flares, sound signaling device, and a fire extinguisher.
For more information on your operator card, please visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm. For your safe boating guide and a complete list of equipment required for your specific vessel, please visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-tp511-menu-487.htm
New Delivery for Manchester/Boylston
The Manchester/Boylston Fire Department took Delivery of their new 2012 Pumper/Rescue apparatus on Friday, November 4, 2011. This is a 1,250 imperial gallon per minute pumper/rescue that replaces their current rescue unit and will compliment their 2004 International Tanker.
This unit will carry much of their necessary equipment for fire protection including turnout gear, a three bottle cascade system for filling breathing air tanks, 600 gallons of water, a foam system, and various other pieces of equipment.
New Delivery for Hazel Hill
The Hazel Hill Fire Department took Delivery of their new 2011 Tanker apparatus on Friday, August 26, 2011. This is a 2,500 imperial gallon tanker that replaces three older units that will be removed from service.
This unit will carry all of their necessary equipment for fire protection.