From the Firehouse – July 2020

(Healey file photo)

MILFORD: Local fire departments were a tad bit busier during the month of July as the sounds of their people went off on their pagers and their I Am Responding cell phone apps.

Here is a look at calls for the month for Milford Fire; Kennetcook Fire; Nine Mile River Fire; Indian Brook Fire; Mount Uniacke Fire; Enfield Fire; Rawdon Fire; Lantz Fire; Stewiacke Fire; Shubenacadie Fire; and Elmsdale Fire.

Milford Fire responded to 12 calls last month, led by seven motor vehicle collisions calls. They had eight calls in their own district.

In total they had four mutual aid to neighbouring communities calls (two to Indian Brook, which included an motor vehicle collision (mvc) on July 16 and a possible structure fire in a residence on July 20); one to Stewiacke (possible structure fire in a residence on July 6); and one to Shubenacadie (mvc in Mill Village on July 3).

The calls in Milford were motor vehicle collisions on Hwy 102 on July 8; Hwy 102 at Exit 9 on July 20; mvc on Hwy 102 July 28 and 29; and an mvc at Hwy 2 and Hwy 14 by the Foodland entrance on July 30.

The firefighters also had grass fire calls at Exit 9 on July 14 (an illegal burn); grass fire at exit 9 on July 15; and a commercial fire alarm activation on July 21.

After a month of no calls for June, Kennetcook Fire heard their pagers go off six times during July. They responded to two vehicle fires; one ATV accident; one woods rescue; on motor vehicle collision/medical assist; and one structure fire.

Nine Mile River Fire were paged out to six calls, with three of them being motor vehicle collisions. The other three calls were mutual aid requests from neighbouring departments.

Indian Brook fire responded to six calls, led by two mutual aid requests. The others were a residential fire alarm activation; a commercial fire alarm activation; one motor vehicle collision; and on structure fire (fire was out by homeowners upon fire’s arrival).

For Uniacke Fire in Mount Uniacke, their pagers and fire trucks went out the doors eight times in July. The fire department responded to three motor vehicle collisions; two other/misc. calls; one fire alarm activation; one spill; and one structure fire call.

Enfield Fire responded to four alarm activation calls among the eight times they were paged out in the month. They also went for two motor vehicle collisions; one other call; and one mutual aid request call.

Rawdon Fire had two motor vehicle collision responses and two residential fire alarm calls lead their total of eight. They also had two mutual aid responses.

The other calls were one special service call and one structure fire call.

For Lantz Fire, they responded to assist community residents nine times, led by four motor vehicle collisions. They also had two structure fires; two alarm activations; and one public assist call.

Stewiacke Fire had three calls, with one each of a structure fire; a mutual aid request; and a motor vehicle collision.

Shubenacadie Fire responded to five motor vehicle collisions in July, a month that saw them have a dozen calls. Their other responses were three alarm activations; two brush/grass fires; and two structure fire calls.

For Elmsdale Fire, they had 10 motor vehicle collisions and five alarm activations putting their 15 for the month as the most calls among area volunteer fire departments for July.