Spaniard's Bay left without fire department

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on January 19, 2016
Spaniard's Bay Town Hall
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

The majority of the Spaniard's Bay Volunteer Fire Department have resigned from their positions.

This leaves the Conception Bay North without fire protection for the immediate future.

News of the resignations broke earlier tonight over social media as numerous members posted that there was a mass resignation from the department. It is unknown how many members of the department have stepped away from their positions at this time.

Spaniard's Bay Mayor Tony Menchions confirmed the resignations, although there is very little information available at this time.

The department came under fire a couple of months back when Coun. Brenda Seymour made a pair of motions that called for the removal and suspension of fire chief Victor Hiscock during a Nov. 16 council meeting. Both of those motions were defeated, along with another to re-evaluate and re-structure the department.

A motion to have an independent review of the fire department was approved during the same meeting.

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In the meantime, the neighbouring Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department are on call should they be needed. The fire department in Upper Island Cove are also on call if they are needed.

"The residents of Spaniard's Bay will not see a gap in or lack of fire protection servies," said Bay Roberts Fire Chief Adam Norman.

The Compass will have more as it becomes available.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca