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Municipality of the District of Chester
Fire & Emergency Response

 

Our family is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Richard Eldridge on Friday, November 29, 2019. We are comforted that he was surrounded by his comrades and sisters and are grateful that he passed peacefully in the presence of love. He will be deeply missed by wife, Mary; sister, Myrna; sister-in-law, Iva, and loving nieces and nephews. Richard has touched many lives in his family and community. He lived a full life and was so proud that he was able to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with Mary, and his 80th birthday with family and friends. Richard’s accomplishments were as varied as he was himself. He was a professional sign painter for 41 years, and still made time to be an active volunteer for AEnon Baptist Church, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, Chester Basin Fire Department, Shoreham Village, and many other causes and organizations. A true community patriarch. Over his lifetime, Richard received many awards recognizing his volunteerism.

Visitation will be held in Davis Funeral Home today, Tuesday, December 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Richard’s life will take place in AEnon Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 4th at 2 p.m. Fellowship to be held in the church hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to AEnon Baptist Church, Chester Basin Fire Hall, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, or the charity of your choice.

It is with great sadness New Ross FD announces the passing of Retired Fire Chief L. Eugene Elliott.

Chief Elliott (retired) joined the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department in 1952 and remained active until his retirement in 1997, 45 years of service in which the last 23 of those years (1974-1997) he serviced as the Department’s Fire Chief.

A Funeral Service for Chief Elliott (retired) will be held this Thursday December 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Christ Anglican Church, 4 Forties Road, New Ross with a reception to follow at our fire hall, 4929 Highway 12. 

It is with great sadness that the family of Grant Woodroofe Payne announces his passing on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the age of 68. Grant passed away in South Shore Regional Hospital surrounded by family. Grant was an active member of the Fire Department for 47 years and a member of the Legion, in Chester. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9th, at 10:45 a.m. in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester, followed by a Celebration of Life in the Chester Fire Hall. Memorial donations may be made to the Chester Fire Department or charity of choice. Family flowers only.

The Commissioners for the Fire Protection for Blandford (District 1) hosted an appreciation dinner at the Blandford Community Center on May 4, 2019 to express their gratitude to the volunteer firefighters and medical first responders of Blandford Fire Rescue for their hard work and dedication to the safety of their community. Our volunteer first responders are on call for you all year long, every day and night, responding to emergencies with no remuneration and little recognition. 

The evening was especially dedicated to Firefighter Lloyd Publicover who recently surpassed a tremendous milestone of 50 years of active fire service with Blandford Fire Rescue. Lloyd was presented with special certificates of appreciation and his 50 year medals from the Blandford Fire Rescue, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments and the Office of the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal. Congratulations and sincere appreciation of his many years of dedication to his community were expressed by all in attendance.

Department Presentation 

Fire Chief Mike Schnare and Firefighter Sara Gammon congratulate Lloyd on 50 years of service.

 Federal Presentation

 MP Bernadette Jordon presents the Federal certificate and service medal. 

Provincial Presentation

MLA Hugh Mackay presents the Provincial Certificate.

Municipal Presentation 

District 1 Councillor Marshal Hector and Fire Services Coordinator Bruce Blackwood present the Municipal awards.

Fire Marshal Presentation

Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Wentzell presents a certificate from the Office of the NS Fire Marshal

As part of Project Breathe, on January 10, 2019 Byranna Zwicker of Invisible Fence Brand kindly donated pet oxygen mask kits to each of our Fire Departments in the Municipality of Chester. To date it is reported that the program has saved over 200 pets from fire and smoke inhalation. All of our Fire Departments within the Municiaplity now carry the kits on their apparatus.

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Photo ( left to right)

Bruce Blackwood, MODC Fire Services Coordinator
Doug Rines, Fire Chief, Chester Basin volunteer Fire Department
Mike Schnare, Fire Chief, Blandford Fire Rescue
Everett Hiltz, Fire Chief, Chester Volunteer Fire Department
Bryanna Zwicker, Invisible Fence Brand, Project Breathe

Center; Winston, who did a great job demonstrating the use of the oxygen mask!!!

 

7 DISTRICTS

The Commissioners for the Fire Protection for Blandford (District 1) hosted an appreciation dinner at the Blandford Community Center on May 5, 2018 to express their gratitude to the volunteer firefighters and medical first responders of Blandford Fire Rescue for their hard work and dedication to the safety of their community. Our volunteer first responders are on call for you all year long, every day and night, responding to emergencies with no remuneration and little recognition. In attendance at the appreciation dinner, representing the 7 Fire Departments in the Municipality of Chester were (left to right): Ryan Zinck (Deputy Chief, New Ross Volunteer Fire Department), Harvey Dominey ( Captain, Hubbards and District Volunteer Fire Department), Scott Rafuse ( Deputy Chief, Martins River Volunteer Fire Department), Mike Schnare ( Chief, Blandford Fire Rescue), Everett Hiltz ( Chief, Chester Volunteer Fire Department), Brendan Mosher, (Safety Officer, Western Shore and District Volunteer Fire Department) and Doug Rines (Chief, Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department).

Marshal Hector 45 year service

Bruce Blackwood, MODC Fire Services Coordinator, presented Councilor Marshal Hector (District 1) with a certificate and Municipal Long Service Medal in recognition and sincere appreciation of 45 years of service as a firefighter with Blandford Fire Rescue. Currently an active firefighter, Marshal has served as Fire Chief of Blandford Fire Rescue for 3 separate terms.