Nfld. & Labrador

Neighbouring towns helping out with Spaniard's Bay fire services

Liberal MHA Pam Parsons says there won’t be an interruption in Spaniard’s Bay fire services, as neighbouring towns have agreed to lend support from their fire departments, after a mass resignation Tuesday night.
Former Spaniard's Bay fire chief Victor Hiscock and two-thirds of his brigade resigned from the volunteer fire department Tuesday night amid allegations of harassment from the department's lone female member. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

MHA Pam Parsons says there won't be an interruption in Spaniard's Bay fire services, as neighbouring towns have agreed to lend support from their fire departments after a mass resignation Tuesday night.

The towns of Bay Roberts and Upper Island Cove have agreed to help out, after at least 20 members of the volunteer fire department in Spaniard's Bay resigned Tuesday night amidst allegations of harassment from the department's lone female member.

"Every individual has a right to work and train in a safe and respectful environment," said Parsons, in a statement that was issued Friday.

"As the Member for Harbour Grace-Port de Grave, I will continue to work with stakeholder groups and with the Town of Spaniard's Bay to seek a resolution to this issue."

Pam Parsons, the MHA for Harbour Grace-Port de Grave. said Bay Roberts and Upper Island Cove fire departments will lend support to Spaniard's Bay. (CBC)

Brenda Seymour, a town councillor and the only female member of the brigade, said she's been threatened, intimidated, overlooked for promotion, and exposed to sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments within the department.

When the matter was brought up at Tuesday night's council meeting, two-thirds of the fire department resigned.

Parsons said she has spoken with the department responsible for fire and emergency services and municipal affairs, as well as the fire commissioner about the reported events.

She said Municipal Affairs and Fire and Emergency Services NL will continue to work with the town, as well as the fire department, to come to a resolution.

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