Town ditches volunteers for city fire service

The town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove has reluctantly done away with its volunteer fire department, and adopted full-time coverage from the neighbouring St. John's service for $129,000 a year.

Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove cites risks of short-staffed volunteer department

The volunteer fire department in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove is no more after the town voted to adopt around-the-clock coverage from the City of St. John's. (CBC)

The volunteer fire department in the town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove is no more.

Town councillors voted Monday night to instead rely on the St. John's Regional Fire Department for around-the-clock coverage.

Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Mayor John Kennedy called it the most difficult decision he's had to make in his eight years on council.

Mayor John Kennedy says he was reluctant to see his town's volunteer fire department go. (CBC)

But he said the town could not ignore advice about the risks involved.

"The only reason that it was done was because of the report that we had done that stated that the town, at certain times, was at risk, and we had no choice but to take this course of action," Kennedy said.

"This is a small town. I know the people in the fire department. I know the work a lot of them had put into this," he said. 

Still, the report found that the town had a problem finding and keeping enough people to run its own service.

Volunteers had always provided coverage after dark and overnight, while the St. John's department responded during the day.

The move to full coverage from St. John's, which is effective immediately, will cost the town $129,000 a year.

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