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Value of a Volunteer.

I know many fire depts, medical services and even policing services would be lost without volunteers. But, there are many organizations that need volunteers and even every day issues are often resolved with volunteers. The number one reason I think many volunteers stop volunteering is being under thanked, under appreciated and not valued for what they are worth. Many dollars are saved from people helping, many functions exist for many who need… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on July 14, 2010 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

Military Col. could plea GUILTY to all charges

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — Col. Russell Williams, the former commander of CFB Trenton facing murder and sexual assault charges, could plead guilty to all charges, according to a report on

The prosecution and defence have agreed in principle to a plea bargain that would also include 82 burglary-related charges laid this week, the newspaper says, citing two unnamed sources close to the investigation.

Williams served at 434 Squadron at 12 Wing Shearwater from… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on April 29, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

First Responder fire rescue truck burned -(NS)

BOISDALE — Firefighters in Boisdale were called to an early morning blaze Wednesday only to learn it was their own medical first-responder truck that had been set alight.

Cape Breton Regional Police say someone broke into the Boisdale firehall sometime after 4:20 a.m. Wednesday. A police spokeswoman could not be reached to comment on the investigation.

Gerald O’Handley, a firefighter with the Boisdale Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, said the loss is devastating,… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on April 29, 2010 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Big Law Suit Against Local Fire Dept (HFX, NS)

insurance companies for homeowners affected by a forest fire last year in Halifax are suing the city and the fire department.

CBC-TV reports the companies filed 18 separate lawsuits Wednesday claiming about $10 million in damages, with each claim representing a family with either a lost or damaged home.

The CBC reports that over the past several months, insurance companies have paid out millions of dollars to people with properties… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on April 29, 2010 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Halifax fire chief, deputy sue for access to The Coast's commenters

It seems in a world where internet is the key communications to most news and discussions, that many feel safe, hidden and capable of saying whatever they want to. Its not right that such people get away though with saying abusive and threatening things. Recently in Nova Scotia, a local new magazine The Coast has been dealing with such situation. Here is the article in full from the Halifax Herald Newspaper.

Halifax fire chief,… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on April 17, 2010 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Ultimate shame

In a weak and shameful attempt to appear as a hero, a volunteer firefighter lit a fire in a stairwell that lead to apartments above a coin operated laundry room. In Lawrence, NY., Caleb Lacey charged and convicted with arson murder and sentence to 25 years to life. He intentionally lit the fire in the only entrance and escape route as the previous fire escape had been removed from the building some time ago. A mother and her 3 children were… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on April 11, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

More disaster in the world

GUATEMALA CITY — A strong earthquake has rocked Guatemala and parts of El Salvador, but no there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in either country.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.0.

The USGS says it hit Monday morning about 60 miles (97 kilometres) southwest of Guatemala City, where it was felt by many residents. There were reports of shaking in the Guatemalan countryside and in El Salvador as… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 18, 2010 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Another Soldier dies in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — More than a thousand soldiers saluted Sunday as a Canadian infantryman described as a father figure to his men was given a sad send-off.

Pallbearers slowly carried the casket of Sgt. John Faught to an awaiting transport plane for his final trip back to Canada.

Faught 44, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont, was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.

It was the third lethal strike against Canadian troops in as many… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 17, 2010 at 8:06pm — No Comments

House Fire-All are Safe.

A home in Lower Prospect suffered “significant fire damage” this morning.

Platoon Chief Mike Blackburn said fire crews got the call at 7:17 a.m. and when they arrived found smoke pouring from the back of the home on Lower Prospect Rd.

“I wouldn’t say the house is a total writeoff … but there was significant fire damage,” he said.

The fire chief said there were people at home but they got out without injury.

The cause of the blaze was still undetermined.

“That’s being… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 17, 2010 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Halifax Fire Destroys Apartments and Restaurants

A stubborn blaze that kept 40 firefighters busy for hours destroyed several apartments and damaged three restaurants in downtown Halifax on Tuesday.

Residents at 5167 South St. saw smoke and called the Halifax regional fire service just after 8 a.m.

"Our first arriving firefighters did encounter heavy smoke on the second and third floor," Halifax fire service spokesman Dave Meldrum said at the scene.

At the time, he said, no residents were in the three-floor brick building that… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 13, 2010 at 8:02am — No Comments

Paramedic's House Burns- Family is safe

Most stories we post here on the site will often touch our hearts, but often we dont know the victims or person thats related to the story. Sadly, this post is about a wonderful Paramedic in my community. He is also my friend and saved my life back in 2003 while rushing me to the ER. He has had a rough year personally and it would seem this New Years hasn't brought him any relief from bad luck. Good point tho, they all were safe from the fire. They did lose everything tho that they owned.… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 7, 2010 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

More Soldiers and a Journalist killed in Afghanistan, one Soldier from my neck of the woods.

The remains of four Canadian soldiers and the award-winning Calgary journalist who died alongside them have arrived back on Canadian soil. The military transport plane carrying their flag-shrouded caskets touched down Sunday at CFB Trenton, Ont., east of Toronto.

The five - Sgt. George Miok, 28; Cpl. Zachery McCormack, 21; Sgt. Kirk Taylor, 28; Pte. Garrett Chidley, 21; and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang, 34 - were killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast outside Kandahar… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on January 3, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Update of Officer Killed- Ex RCMP officer Charged with stabbing.

The Mountie charged in Tuesday’s stabbing death of an Ottawa police officer has been under suspension after receiving a conditional discharge in 2007 on a charge of threatening a Mormon church official with a knife in Regina, CBC News has confirmed.

Kevin Gregson, 43, was arrested at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday after an Ottawa officer was stabbed while writing notes in his cruiser outside the emergency department.

Gregson was charged Tuesday… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 30, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

RCMP helping with new security checks at Airports.

Canadian travellers bound for the U.S. will continue to face beefed-up security measures at airports across the country on Tuesday including new strict restrictions on carry-on luggage.

The RCMP and local police officers have already been dispatched to airports in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton to help in the screening process and ease the lineup congestion that has resulted following an in-flight bombing attempt on Christmas Day on a Northwest Airlines flight to… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Body of Canadian Soldier arrives in Trenton

The body of the latest Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan arrived at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario on Monday.

Lt. Andrew Nuttall, 30, of Prince Rupert, B.C., was killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb during a routine foot patrol in the Panjwaii district of southern Afghanistan.

Dignitaries on hand to pay their respects included Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Gen. Walt Natynczyk, the chief of defence…

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Ottawa Police Officer Killed

OTTAWA — An Ottawa police officer was stabbed to death early today at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

Ottawa police say the officer was killed at about 5:30 a.m. (Atlantic).

A statement from the police force says the officer's name will not be released until relatives are notified.

Police say a male suspect is in custody but no additional details have been released

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

Crash Kills a Woman from My Island.

A local woman from my Island was killed Boxing Day when returning home from visiting family in the Valley. Its not clear what caused the crash. She was always smiling and laughing. She leaves behind a son, daughter, grandchild and siblings and her parents. Not to mention many friends who loved her. I was heading back to the Islands when myself and my girls came across this accident. Rest in Peace Ann :( Here is the write up from the local paper.

A woman died after her car collided…

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 27, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Halifax Police Officer Killed

An off-duty Halifax Regional Police officer died when his minivan crashed head-on with a tractor trailer on Highway 104 on Tuesday.

Tony Carlisle, 41, was travelling west in the eastbound lane on the divided highway when the collision happened sometime after 10 p.m.

A 14-year veteran of the Halifax police force, Const. Carlisle worked with the patrol division but also spent six years in the criminal investigation division and worked with the drug unit and general investigation…

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 19, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

World's fastest Firefighters

Five Moncton firefighters who are the new reigning world champions in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge brought their trophy to Moncton City Hall last night to give city council a look. The firefighters also received special commendations from the City of Moncton in honour of their achievement.The five are: Collin Powers, Jamie Richford, Marcel Dupuis, Jason Bergeron and Matt Dunfield.…


Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 9, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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