The St. John’s Regional Fire Department Goulds Station, will be transitioning from a volunteer service to a full-time station within the next three to four years.
“I thank all Goulds volunteers, past and present, for their service and dedication to the community,” said St. John’s Regional Fire Department Fire Chief Sherry Colford.
“This decision was not made lightly, the Goulds volunteers have worked very hard and dedicated much of their time over the last 43 years.”
Before Goulds becomes full time, land and funding will first have to be determined. A new station will also have to be designed and built and recruitment for new full-time firefighter positions will take place.
St. John’s city councilor Wally Collins said Goulds volunteers will continue to provide service for the area for the next three or four years during evenings and weekends.
“This is an exciting time for our department as we work to enhance the service we provide to our region,” said assistant fire chief Sean Hemeon.
The St. John’s Regional Fire Department includes a variety of divisions including the 911 Communications Centre, Fire Prevention, Training and Operation services from eight stations throughout the region. T
Through these divisions, the SJRFD is able to provide a range of emergency and public assistance services.
“We have some of the best firefighters in this country,” Colford said, “and I look forward to working with staff to provide the resources and training needed to continue to be one of the leading departments in Canada.”