The Town of Spaniard’s Bay has issued a formal apology to firefighter and town councillor Brenda Seymour “for instances of sexual harassment she has endured.”
Released early Tuesday afternoon, the letter signed by Mayor Tony Menchions states the town does “not condone, nor tolerate” the type of behaviour Seymour has described in relation to her service with the fire department.
“As council, we have adopted a zero tolerance policy on harassment of any kind and shall ensure that all town workers and volunteers operate in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment.”
As for the fire department that lost the majority of its members last week, the town appears to be ready to move forward and accept applications for membership. The deadline for applicants is Friday, Feb. 12.
“Eligibility is available to past and present members as well as any community minded individuals with an interest in the fire service.”
The letter also thanks those who have served on the department past and present.
The majority of the town’s firefighters resigned at a council meeting last week, as did Coun. Sheri Collins, who was the department’s liaison for council.
Seymour previously brought up allegations of harassment on the department and introduced a motion last November calling on council to remove or suspend the now former fire chief Victor Hiscock. Hiscock was among those who resigned from the department last week.
One instance of sexual harassment Seymour brought up revolved around a training session in 2014 where the trainer played a short pornographic video clip. Yesterday, the board responsible for the Bay de Grave Regional Fire Department announced that the trainer in question, Jeremy Hall, had been replaced as the fire chief.