Grant Woodroofe Payne
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.
Lloyd Publicover is honored for 50 years of Fire Service
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.
Fire Chief Mike Schnare and Firefighter Sara Gammon congratulate Lloyd on 50 years of service.
MP Bernadette Jordon presents the Federal certificate and service medal.
MLA Hugh Mackay presents the Provincial Certificate.
District 1 Councillor Marshal Hector and Fire Services Coordinator Bruce Blackwood present the Municipal awards.
Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Wentzell presents a certificate from the Office of the NS Fire Marshal
Project Breathe- Oxygen Masks for our pets
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.
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!!!
Blandford Commission holds Firefighter Appreciation Dinner
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).
Fire and Emergency Long Service Award
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.