County of Prince Edward Fire Department – 2012
FIRE DEPARTMENT NON-EMERGENCY: 613-476-2602
Prince Edward County firefighters worked furiously to knock down a large fire in the marshy area near Fenwood Gardens Thursday night. Wind was brisk and flames were upward of 50 feet into the air at times. The concern was to knock down the blaze to keep it from reaching nearby homes. Some of the Fenwood Gardens residents were evacuated to Prince Edward Square as a precaution.
Belleville, Quinte West and Thurlow firefighters also sent in assistance. Highway 62 is now open. The fire was under control early this morning and firefighters remained on the scene to monitor hot spots.
Fenwood resident Heather Plan was happy to see the fire under control.
Prince Edward County OPP officers were are also on the scene throughout the night. Vehicles lined the highway and some people were standing on their vehicles to take photographs.
The glowing orange could be seen from the other side of the Bay Bridge, in Belleville.
“We could feel the heat from where we stood to take a picture,” says Teresa Whaley. “It appears to be getting closer to our house. Standing at the garage door we notice there is ash falling.”
The following photographs were taken by Chris Tweedy, just before he and his wife Karen were evacuated.
Monday at the Hastings-Prince Edward Mutual Aid Association Training Complex meeting, Belleville Deputy Fire Chief Mark MacDonald presented the keys to their 1992 Pumper over to committee members. In 2011 the City of Quinte West donated a 1990 Pumper to the HPEMAA Training Tower.
Prince Edward County firefighters and OPP on the scene of a large grass fire along Highway 62 between Burr and Jericho roads around 3 p.m. Monday, July 16. Visibility was low. The area was closed to traffic until the scene was cleared. A burn ban remains in effect in Prince Edward County due to lack of rain this month.
Service medal ceremony honours County’s dedicated firefighters
Prince Edward County honoured its firefighters during a medal ceremony Sunday at the Wellington Community Centre to honour long and dedicated service.
Deputy Fire Chief Robert Rutter was the master of ceremonies.
Service awards were presented from all three levels of government. County Mayor Peter Mertens presented 10-year service County pins.
Recipients of 10 year pins are: Darren Bedford, John Carter, Bernie Dunphy, Darren Flower, Glenn Guernsey, Andrew Haight, Allen Koopmans, rick Leavitt, Todd Lamorre, Dale Milligan, Andrew Prinzen, David Rallison, Jeff Snider, Al Veltman, Jonathan Wight and David Young.
On behalf of MP Daryl Kramp, Ontario Fire Marshal Fire Advisor Dan Koroscil presented the 20-year service federal medals.
Recipients are: Michael Bond, Michael Branscombe, Craig Burris, Steve Coates, Roger Corbin, Paul Creasy, Vic Estabrooks, Kevin Harrington, Don Leavitt, Tom Lowe, Scott Manlow, Greg O’Hara, Sean O’Hara, Paul Videto, David Wetherall and Sean Whalen.
MPP Todd Smith commended all the County’s 144 firefighters for their dedication on a daily basis, and the firefighters’ spouses for their support. He presented 25-year service provincial medals to firefighters and companion brooches to their spouses.
Recipients are: Carman and Debbie Courneyea, Richard and Heather Doyle, Bruce and Nancy Hoekstra, Terry and Cathy Kewley, Robert and Cathy Manlow, Maurice and Jen Miller, Greg and CJ Moore, Earl and Nancy Munroe, Robert and Christine Rutter, Donald and Anne Williams, Peter and Tracy Williams, L.J. and Lori Wilson, Randy and Trish York and Dale Wood.
Receiving 30-year service federal bars are: Dan Bakker, Bruce Baldwin, Elmer Bentley, Rick Campbell, Peter cole, David Fox, Ken Haight, Walter Haight, Lee Knight, John Mulridge, Don Munro, George Storms, Steve Vickers, Brent Walker and Glendon Walker.
Fire Chief Manlow noted his pride “to be part of such an amazing team with a diverse background of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Their passion and their comraderie are evident each and every time they answer the call.”
He closed with the Firefighter’s Prayer:
Help me to embrace a little child
Enable me to be alert
I want to fill my calling
And if according to Your will
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Below a video from a training session in 2010.
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Thursday March 8 - Fundraiser for Firefighters East & Main 6:30 pm to raise money for fire department training aids – ie. CPR mannequins etc. Also accepting private donations (tax receipts available) East and Main will be donating all food profits from the event. Additionally, Bank of Montreal in Picton will be accepting silent auction bids for a Peggy Dewitt print starting Feb 20th. Call 613-399-5420 for reservations.
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Prince Edward County OPP and firefighters secured the scene of a gas leak at the corner of Paul and Queen streets Tuesday morning for almost one hour while waiting for Union Gas workers to arrive. The operator of a mini excavator working at the home alerted a passing OPP officer that the line was struck at 9:23 a.m. Jan. 10. As the strong smell wafted into the neighbourhood, police and firefighters were on the scene in moments to shut off the gas, take readings of gas levels, block the roads at Johnson, Jane, Queen and Paul streets, alert neighbours, drivers and passersby. Union Gas arrived on the scene to fix the pipe at 10:20 a.m.
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Burn Permits – It’s the law!
Call in before you burn: 613-476-2345 or 613-962-3497
Permits are valid from date of issue to December 31st of the year issued and cost $15.00 each.
Permits can be purchased at the following Municipal Offices:
• Picton Fire Station 2 Ross Street, Picton All hours
• Shire Hall 332 Main Street, Picton – Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Prince Edward County libraries
CLICK on application to print – fill out the information and submit to the above mentioned offices
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