An Elmsdale Firefighter brings one end of the hose back out to the fire truck from inside the Matheson Centre. (Healey photo)

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NINE MILE RIVER: Here is a look at how much the “sound of their people” was heard by firefighters in East Hants communities of Enfield; Elmsdale; Nine Mile River; Indian Brook; Shubenacadie; the Town of Stewiacke; Rawdon; Kennetcook; Lantz; and Milford during the month of November.

The call information is provided monthly by a representative of each department to The Laker News.

Nine Mile River fire responded to eight calls, led by six mutual aid requests to neighbouring departments. They also had one assist EHS call and one brush fire.

Stewiacke firefighters were toned out for nine calls, with seven of those being for mutual aid requests for structure fires.

They also had one investigation call and a standby at the fire hall for Station 38 (Middle Musquodoboit) while they attended a structure fire in HRM.

Elmsdale Fire was paged out for six fire calls and two motor vehicle collisions.

For Milford Fire, they responded to 12 calls in November, with 10 of those being mutual aid requests and two calls in their own community.

The breakdown for the calls is as follows:

Nov. 2 they responded mutual aid to Shubenacadie for an industrial fire in equipment. On Nov. 3 they had a mutual aid call for an mvc on Hwy 102 in Shubenacadie.

On Nov. 5, Milford Fiore was paged to a suspicious odour in residence call in Milford.

Milford responded mutual aid to Indian Brook on Nov. 7 for a possible structure fire but were stood down en route.

On Nov. 10, a car fire on Highway 14 in Milford had firefighters responding.

Firefighters from Milford responded on the morning of Nov. 13 mutual aid to Elmsdale for a commercial electrical fire at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre.

On Nov. 13, Milford was paged mutual aid to Shubenacadie fire for an industrial fire in equipment.

A chimney fire in Shubenacadie had fire crews from Milford responding mutual aid on Nov. 20.

Milford was paged mutual aid to Elmsdale Fire for a commercial fire on Nov. 26; they were also toned for a possible structure fire in Station 35 Cooks Brook HRM’s area but stood down as they responded.

Later, Nov. 26, they were paged mutual aid to Indian Brook for a possible structure fire and asked to stage at their hall. They were stood down.

On Nov. 30, Milford was paged mutual aid to Shubie Fire for a possible structure fire, which was determined to be a brush pile on fire.

Enfield fire responded to 10 calls in November, led by six mutual aid requests and one each of medical assist; one motor vehicle collision; one alarm activation; and one vehicle fire.

For Kennetcook Fire, they had six calls total, including two structure fires; two grass fires; one mvc; and one chimney fire.

Indian Brook fire was paged out for two possible structure fire calls and five mutual aid requests to Shubenacadie fire.

Rawdon fire had five calls in the month, led by three mutual aid requests to a neighbouring department. They also had one motor vehicle collision and one smoke condition call.

Lantz Fire had 10 calls during the month, led by eight mutual aid requests and two in Lantz. The breakdown of the calls is as follows: four structure fires; two mvc’s; two chimney/heating equipment fire; and two electrical fires.

They will be holding a curbside food drive in lieu of their traditional food drive parade through streets of Lantz due to COVID19. It is scheduled for Dec. 11.

(Lantz Fire FB photo)

On Friday December 11th, starting at 6:00pm, Lantz Fire will again be making their way through the subdivisions of Lantz looking for your support. 2020 has been a year unlike any other; it has caused difficulty and hardship for a great many people. This will likely place an even greater need on the Food Bank, and we are looking to help restock their shelves.

The evening starts at the top of Robert Scott Drive, from there they move along Highway #2 and onto Frederick Allen Drive. They will then head to Poplar Drive and up to Spruce Lane, there will be a quick stop at the top of Ryan Avenue and on Evergreen Crescent before we move down Oakmount Drive.

The final leg of our journey covers Logan Drive and Towerview Court. Along the route we will be accepting non-perishable foods, toiletries, and cash donations.

There will be some changes to this year’s event because of the COVID situation:

Santa will be keeping us company again, but unfortunately, he won’t be taking photos or checking in to see if you made the Naughty or Nice list.

We ask that you place your donations at the end of the driveway and step back to allow physical distancing.

For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Santa and his firefighter elves we suggest that you follow all Provincial guidelines with respect to physical distancing and PPE.

Members of Shubenacadie Fire heard their pagers tone themselves out 13 times over the second last month of 2020, with fire investigation calls leading the tally at four. They also had three motor vehicle collisions; two commercial equipment fires; two structure fires; one mutual aid to HRM call; and one chimney fire.

Mount Uniacke fire had eight calls for November, led by three other/misc. calls. They had one call each of medical assist; mvc; fire investigation; alarm activation; and mutual aid request. (Updated at 10 p.m. Dec. 3)

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