Volunteer firefighters to host combat challenge, demos

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TRURO – They may have just signed up their 10th new member since last year, but that doesn’t meant the Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade is going to stop looking.

“We are always looking for more, but it is hard to get anyone to do anything,” said Geoff Fisher, membership chairman of the brigade. “There are so many volunteer organizations out there vying for those members.”

With the 10 new members since last year’s Walk in Our Boots recruitment drive, Fisher said one of those have joined two other members as associates. The others have signed up as regular members.

“Associate members have the same responsibilities as regular members, except for fire alarms and practices,” Fisher said.

With the 10 newest members, that brings the brigade numbers up to 32 volunteers.

Last year, the volunteer brigade responded to 229 alarms, which ranged from structure fires to medical calls.

This year’s Walk in Our Boots campaign will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Truro Fire Service. The open house will feature firefighters from four different counties competing in a combat challenge, and demonstrations by the Nova Scotia Firefighter School. There will be tours of the station and demonstrations for the kids, all the trucks will be out for all to see, and people can try on some gear or try their hand at the combat challenge.

“We are fairly active with our recruitment drives. We try to have someone in the spring, summer, fall and winter,” said Fisher.

“Our website and Facebook pages are always updated with recruitment event information, but it really is by word of mouth. It’s a good organization to belong to.”

For more information, email Geoff Fisher at gwfisher00@gmail.com, visit www.trurofirebrigade.ca or search for ‘Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade’ on Facebook.

 

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IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Walk in Our Boots

WHEN: Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Truro Fire Service on Victoria Street

ACTIVITIES: tour of the station and trucks, combat challenge, demonstrations for kids and demonstrations by the Nova Scotia Firefighter School, a chance to try on gear, and others

Organizations: Truro Fire Service, Nova Scotia Firefighter School

Geographic location: Victoria Street

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  • Geoff Fisher
    September 20, 2013 - 19:12

    To clear up any misunderstanding in the first line ... "We are always looking for more, but it is hard to get anyone to do anything". This is in reference to people having busy lives. With jobs, family commitments, and all the other things that life throws at people, its for people to find the time to volunteer. Thanks.