Logy Bay votes for St. John's fire services

Despite protests by members of the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove volunteer fire department, the town has decided to approach St. John's for full-time fire service.

Volunteer firefighters hope to save department

Volunteer firefighters with the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove department hope to revisit town council's decision to approach St. John's for fire services. (CBC)

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.

John Kennedy, mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, says the decision to ask for fire coverage from St. John's was due to safety concerns. (CBC)

"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.


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