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Kids Christmas Party:
The Annual Bob Reid Memorial (St. George) Children’s Christmas Party was held on Monday, Dec. 9,  at the former Queen Street youth centre. As in the past, members of the Yarmouth Fire Department brought Santa to the event in a fire truck. After greeting all the children and parents he and his firefighter elves got busy handing out treat bags to the approximately 200 boys and girls who came to see him. The members of the Yarmouth Fire Department would like to thank Santa for taking time from his busy schedule to help make this annual event a happy one and wish him a very Merry Christmas and hope he stays safe on his annual journey.

Firefighters' Corner

Belated Birthday Wishes:

On Sunday, Dec. 15 veteran firefighter John Patten celebrated his 96th birthday. John is a veteran of the then Naiad Company #2 of the Yarmouth Fire Department. He now resides in Berwick. Members of the Department wish him a belated happy birthday.


The Administration Committee of the Yarmouth Fire Department wishes to express their deepest regrets to any veteran and/or honorary member of the department, who did not receive an invitation to this year’s annual banquet. Due to incorrect or missing contact information, many of the above unfortunately, were not notified. Efforts are being taken to update all contact information.

Fire Calls:

Monday, Nov. 25th

A 5:25 p.m. page had firefighters responding to a report of a structure fire at 42 Vancouver St. Upon arrival flames were visible and a second page, confirming a working fire, was transmitted. The fire, which started in the wall of what is believed to be the den area, resulted in firefighters having to cut away a large section of the wall in order to fully extinguish the fire. Although the results of the investigation are unknown to this writer, the cause is being considered accidental. Engine #2, Engine #1 and Command Unit #14 responded.

 Monday, Nov.25th

A residence at Civic #28, Highway #1, in Dayton was spared after fire broke out in a large compost bin located alongside the house. Yarmouth dispatch received the call at 11:35 p.m. reporting a possible structure fire and immediately put out a page. Engine #2 arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire before it was able to extend to the home. It appears that hot ashes were improperly disposed of in the green bin. Ashes should always be placed in a metal bucket or container and placed away from any building. They should “NEVER” be placed in a cardboard box, compost bin or any other combustible container.

 Friday, Dec. 6th

At approximately 3:36 a.m. Yarmouth Fire Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at civic #220 Greenville Rd. in Greenville, Yarmouth County. Engine #2 was immediately dispatched and a page put out. Upon arrival the crew of Engine #2 reported a fully involved barn fire. Dispatch quickly re-paged to confirm a working fire and, at the request of Platoon Chief Steve Jeffery, immediately paged Eel Brook Volunteer Fire Department for tanker and manpower. Tankers #22 and #20 as well as Rescue/Command Unit #14 also responded. RCMP were called to provide scene security. Firefighters cleared the scene around 6 a.m. with all trucks back and ready for service by 7 a.m. The Yarmouth Fire Department wishes to thank the members of the Eel Brook Fire department for their assistance.

 Tuesday, Dec.10th

At approximately 2:31 p.m. a page was made reporting a structure fire at 12 Kempt St., in Yarmouth. Upon arrival of Engine#2 reported smoke showing and a second page was made. Firefighters immediately ran a 1 ¾” line into the residence and quickly extinguished the fire. Fortunately those in the home noticed the fire and closed the door to the room. In doing so it prevented the fire from quickly spreading to other parts of the residence by containing the fire to the one room while at the same time keeping further oxygen from feeding the fire and therefore there was little damage done. RCMP were called to the scene and with the help of firefighters the fire was deemed accidental. Rescue/Command Unit#14 also responded.


Fire Departments Meetings and Activities:

Dec. 16 - Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7p.m.

Dec. 17 - Amirault's Hill/Hubbard’s Point Fire Department's weekly training at 7 p.m. 

 - Wedgeport & District Fire Department's weekly training at 7 p.m.                    

-       Level 1 training in Lake Vaughan at 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 - Cribbage at the Wedgeport Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23 - Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7 p.m.

Dec. 26 - Carleton Fire Department's monthly training at 7 p.m. 
                    - Yarmouth Fire Department's training at 7 p.m.  (open to all departments)

-      Dec. 27 - Cribbage at the Wedgeport Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 - Eel Brook Fire Department's weekly training at 7 p.m. 
Firefighter Level 1 training continues at the Lake Vaughan fire hall on Tuesday nights. Firefighters should listen to their daily pager tests for details about the training.

Polar Bears To Be Turned Loose Into Lake Milo:

On Wednesday, Jan. 1, members of the Boston Pizza Polar Bear Club will once again brave the elements and the frigid waters of Lake Milo to participate in their annual New Years Day Polar Bear Dip in support of the Yarmouth Fire Department. Club members will gather in the Milo boat house prior to making their way to the water’s edge. At exactly 12 p.m. participants enter the water. Members of the fire department will also be on hand providing water rescue as well as clearing ice from the lake if needed. Firefighters will also be collecting donations from those attending. For more information on how you can participate or support this event please call Steve at Boston Pizza. So gather up the family and come on down to the Milo boat club and cheer on these brave soles. The members of the Yarmouth Fire Department would like to thank, in advance, Boston Pizza and the members of the club as well as all who contributed to the cause.

New Year’s Resolutions:

Tired of making New Year’s Resolutions that either have no meaning or are hard or impossible to keep? Here’s one that not only has meaning, caring, benefits and rewards, but above all, once initiated, you won’t want to break it. Consider helping your community and its citizens as your New Year’s resolution. How, you ask? By choosing to become a volunteer firefighter! If you are male or female aged 19 or older who is looking for a way to help others while at the same time looking for a challenge that comes with benefits then look no further. The Yarmouth Fire Department is currently seeking dedicated people to fill the role of volunteer firefighter. What are the benefits you ask? Free training, all firefighting gear and uniforms provided free, free gym membership for members and partners, free life insurance coverage, free vehicle registration, yearly honorarium. What are the rewards? Knowing that you are giving back to your community in a positive way. Knowing that you are a member of an elite group that, for over 176 years, has been dedicating themselves to the support, protection and defense of its community and it citizens. What is required you ask? Must be at least 19 years of age, willing to submit to a police record check, willing to take necessary training to achieve NFPA level #1 certification. For further information or for an application form please contact fire dispatch or any member of the Yarmouth Fire Department.

Please Note: Many of the benefits mentioned above only apply to the Yarmouth Fire Department. For information on how to become a volunteer in your area please contact your area fire department or any of its members.

The members of the Yarmouth Fire Department, along with those of all the tri-county fire departments, would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone A very Merry Christmas and above all a safe and happy New Year. Remember: Please Don’t Drink and Drive. 



Organizations: Yarmouth Fire Department, Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Naiad Company RCMP Yarmouth Fire Dispatch Boston Pizza Christmas Party Point Fire Department Wedgeport District Fire Department Carleton Fire Department

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Berwick, Vancouver Greenville Dayton Lake Vaughan Lake Milo Queen Street

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