Trainer who played porn video replaced as fire chief

Published on January 25, 2016
Jeremy Hall has been replaced as fire chief with the Bay de Grave Regional Fire department.
Compass file photo

The chief of a Conception Bay North fire brigade who admitted to showing a short pornographic video clip at the end of a training session has been replaced.

The board responsible for the Bay de Grave Regional Fire Department announced the move Monday in a news release. The new chief is James Edmunds, who previously was deputy chief.

The 2014 incident at a training session for members of the Spaniard’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department was mentioned by firefighter Brenda Seymour last fall when she asked council to suspend or remove fire chief Victor Hiscock. Seymour, who is also a town councillor, put forward a motion to do that at a council meeting last November, but the motion was defeated.

Coun. Sheri Collins, the fire department’s liaison on council, resigned at a council meeting last Tuesday, as did approximately 20 firefighters, including Hiscock.

In an interview with The Compass last November, Hall said he had since deleted the clip, which was sent to him via email and less than 30 seconds.

In the news release, the board states all members of the department will receive training on how to maintain a respectful work place.

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Hall was the young fire brigade’s chief from the start since it was founded in 2010 as a regional service for Cupids, South River, Clarke’s Beach, North River and Makinsons. He previously served as chief of the Cupids volunteer fire brigade.

Last week it was reported Hall was removed from the list of Fire and Emergency Services NL approved trainers for safety courses.

The Compass has not been able to reach Hall for comment Monday. The release did not indicate whether he resigned or was demoted. It also did not specify whether he will remain with the department as a firefighter.

Meanwhile, the Town of Spaniard's Bay met with officials from Municipal Affairs over the weekend.