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Photo : Darryl Power September 03, 2013

Sherwin Flight - Sherwin Flight for Ward 5

Full-Time Fire Station For The Goulds - The North American standard response time for the fire department to arrive on scene after a call is six minutes. In order to reach this target it is important that fire protection services be located close to the neighbourhoods that they protect, and that they are able to respond in a quick and efficient manner. Most of St. John’s is covered by fire stations that are staffed twenty-four hours a day, so as soon as a call comes in they can be dispatched immediately to the scene. However, the Goulds does not have a station that is staffed on a continuous basis. From 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday the Goulds Fire Station is staffed by paid employees, which means that evening and weekend fire protection services are provided by volunteer staff. I have heard great things about the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department, and the people that work there. Volunteers are a very important part of the fire protection services offered across Canada, with approximately 127,000 volunteer firefighters in the country. I raise this issue not because I feel they are doing a poor job, but because I believe fire protection services in the Goulds needs to be enhanced to a level not possible on a volunteer basis. For anyone unfamiliar with volunteer fire departments, generally they work like this: A call comes in requiring a fire department response. Members of the volunteer fire department are called, or paged, letting them know an incident needs to be responded to. Fire department members head to the…

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Ralph Tapper - Tapper4mayor

Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” - Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” Leadership Not everyone can or wants to be a leader but that trait evolves for some people naturally. For some reason no matter what I got involved in, I ended up in a leadership role and felt comfortable dealing with players I coached, committees I chaired, management I negotiated with and anyone I debated with. At this point, having served eight years on Council, many residents of Torbay have approached me to run for Mayor and I feel I must answer the call. The leadership approach I intend to bring to the Mayor’s office is one involving a team with all members of Council given an opportunity to contribute. Engaging Councilors in the day to day activities of the Mayor to me is very important. After all it is most likely that a member of your new Council will be your next mayor in the future and the more experience they receive in this term, the better. It is important that your Mayor participate in as many community events as possible, but I would not hesitate to ask either the Deputy Mayor or another Councilor to represent the Town Council in my absence if that should occur. I can assure you I will spend as much time doing the job of Mayor as that position dictates. Energy The Councilors you either re-elect or elect should be given every opportunity to bring their ideas, skills and especially their energy and time to our Town Hall. We all want to…

Photo : Ralph Tapper August 23, 2013