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ST. LAWRENCE, N.L.
The St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 55th annual firefighter’s ball Saturday, Nov. 24 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall.
Twenty department members were recognized and congratulated on their efforts in making the community a safe place to live.
“Thank you for all you do — being there when needed, providing an essential service and the hours of training required to carry out your work,” said emcee Mayor Paul Pike. “We as a council express our gratitude to you for giving your all and to your families who support your desire to help and protect your community in their very unselfish and significant role."
Fire Chief Daryl Doyle was recognized for his 10 years as head of the department.
In his remarks Doyle reminded the public to look, listen and learn.
“This slogan reminds us to look for places fire can start, listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and learn two ways out of each room ... very important not only in our homes but our place of work,” he said.
Doyle thanked the firefighters and their families for their support, as well as the mayor and councillors, provincial and federal governments, local businesses, general public and community groups. He thanked his members for their participation in the school breakfast program and for their diligence and hard work in raising funds for their new 2018 Ford F250 pickup truck. This truck was made possible through the shared funding of the Town of St. Lawrence and the fire department. They worked cleaning scrap copper donated by Canada Fluorspar Inc. and then sold.
Monetary donations were provided to the muscular dystrophy campaign, Janeway telethon and the local health foundation radiothon.
The chief commented on the training the St. Lawrence firefighters do outside their weekly in-house sessions, which included St. John Ambulance First Responders training, an instructors course for defensive firefighting and the confined space rescue course.
"These courses and material make us more prepared and equipped and gives us the tools to keep our community and ourselves safe,” Doyle said. “I encourage all you firemen to take advantage of all the continuous training courses there is offered throughout the year."
2018 emergency calls
• 16 calls — an increase of eight over the previous year
• 4 fire alarm calls
• 3 chimney fires
• 3 motor vehicle accidents
• 2 light pole fires
• 1 industrial fire
• 1 residential fire
• 1 fuel spill
• 1 medical assist call