Logy Bay votes for St. John's fire services
Volunteer firefighters hope to save department
Despite protests by members of the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove volunteer fire department, the town on the outskirts of St. John's has decided to approach their neighbours for full-time fire service.
On Monday, council voted five to one to pursue coverage from St. John's Regional Fire Department and eliminate the local volunteer brigade.
After Mayor John Kennedy announced in mid-September that the town was looking to begin talks with St. John's over a new fire services agreement, volunteer firefighters gathered more than 400 names on a petition to try to reverse the decision.
Gerrard Tobin, who recently joined the volunteer brigade, said he is holding out hope that the volunteer fire department can be saved.
"If we can show them that the numbers are there and we can respond with six people minimum each time, they should go back and re-examine this issue," Tobin said.
However, Kennedy said problems recruiting firefighters have created a safety issue.
"We have had recruitment and retention problems for years and we feel our community would be best served by having St. John's respond to all calls," Kennedy said.
Currently, the volunteer firefighters provide service from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Council wants the St. John's Regional Fire Department to provide 24 hour coverage.
The decision could be revisited if Tuesday's municipal election results in changes on council. One councillor said negotiations with St. John's may not necessarily result in a deal.