Firefighters at the Digby Fire Department were honoured once again this year to be tasked with a most important and very special delivery.
The mission was to deliver a 250-pound Elf from a top secret landing spot to the Town Centre for exactly 1800 hours on Nov. 25. The Digby firefighters have performed this mission for decades now but this was the first year using their new Truck 5 pumper tanker.
Firefighters understand that Santa can’t arrive in just any truck and so they took great care to decorate Truck 5 with special Christmas lights and decorations fitting of their passenger.
Firefighters added two escort trucks as well and delivered the Jolly Elf right on time for the town’s Christmas Tree lighting. Firefighters also made sure Santa made it to the Heritage Centre in time for hot chocolate and cookies with the children before delivering him back to his sleigh and reindeer.
Digby Fire Department would like to thank Acadian Sea Plants for allowing local fire departments to use the former barracks building in Cornwallis for training this fall.
Firefighters were able to practice emergency skills like ladder bails (quick exits) and wall breaches (making an escape hole) – skills they need but are hard to practice without a building to work in.
Thank you for your community-mindedness!
The Digby Fire Department recognized the hard work and dedication of their members at their 2015 fire department banquet on Feb. 13.
“When you think of all the work that gets done through the year, it’s worth every cent to buy the guys a meal,” our deputy chief Justin Wood told the Digby Courier.
Kevin Manzer, Captain of Company 2, was named Officer of the year and Company 2 firefighter Jonathan Riley was named firefighter of the year. Both awards are voted on by the membership.
Firefighters Jim Gaunce and Harold Dugas received their 35-year pins.
Firefighters Richard Robertson and Ralph Cummings were presented 30-year awards.
Captain Steve Savary Sr. received his 25-year award.
Lieutenant Steve Savary Jr. and firefighter Drew MacLean were recognized for 10 years of service.
Firefighter Jonathan Riley was recognized for 5 years of service.
RCMP Corp. Rob Lewis and his partner Colleen were the department’s guests for the evening. When Corporal Lewis approached the podium as guest speaker, he rolled out a long scroll and threatened to expound on the history of the fire hose starting in 1532. But thankfully did not.
Veterans in attendance included Charlie Ross, Bob Handspiker, Dudley Griffiths, Bob Lambie, Mayor Ben Cleveland, Jeff VanTassell, Peter Turnbull, Buddy Barr and Joe Currie.
Clare Digby MLA Gordon Wilson, West Nova MP Colin Fraser, Mayor Ben Cleveland and Warden Linda Gregory were also the department’s honoured guests and helped with the presentations and awards.
Company three members Adam Sabean, Cpt. Adrien LeBlanc, Lt. Rick Sabean and Richard Robertson received their trophy for winning the 2015 Hose Laying Competition. Company 3 has won three of the last four years.
Cribbage champ this year was Suellen Wood.
Crazy Eights champ was Ralph Cummings and Paul Dugas.
Curling winners were Skip Dawn Thomas, Rick Sabean, Angel Ryan and Margie Morgan.
The Old Guys won the baseball game.
Golf champs were Chief Robert Morgan, Lt. Rick Sabean and Bill LeBlanc.
The department presented Jeff VanTassell with the bell from the old Truck No 7, also known as “Vaughn” – the truck was designed by Jeff’s father, former chief Vaughn VanTassell.
Entertainment for the banquet was provided by Adam Sabean.
Margie and James played for the dance and a good time was had by all.
Much thanks to John DeMings, editor of the Digby Courier, for taking photos of the awards presentations.