History remembered at River Hebert Fire Department

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RIVER HEBERT – The River Hebert Fire Department celebrated it 65th anniversary on Sunday and Bill McAloney was there as well.

RIVER HEBERT – The River Hebert Fire Department celebrated it 65th anniversary on Sunday and Bill McAloney was there as well.

“I’ve been involved with the River Hebert Fire Department since it opened,” said the 84-year-old.

There were several serious fires in River Hebert before the opening of the department.

“In 1937 we had a fire and the livery stable burnt, and then in 1944 the lower part of Station Street burnt,” said McAloney.

After that their was a fire at the theatre in River Hebert.

“The theatre was burnt and that’s when the fire department got organized,” said McAloney. “They went to Debert and bought an old army truck with a front mounted pump. That was their first truck.”

McAloney went through the ranks over the year, and was a fire chief for a little while. He was also there when the new fire hall opened in 1969 and is now an honourary member of the fire department.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in 42-years, but Bill has seen a lot more changes,” said George Rector, who is the present-day fire chief of the River Hebert department.

“Bill’s always around and he knows a lot of the history, added Rector. “There are not a lot of those guys around anymore.”

 

 

 

Organizations: Fire Department

Geographic location: River Hebert, Debert

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