FSANS Remembers Ian MacKinnon

Ian MacKinnonIan Alexander MacKinnon, 71 of Port Hastings passed away July 29, 2014 at the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Born in Inverness on June 23, 1943 he was a son of the late Alexander A. and Elsie ( nee Wagner) MacKinnon.

Ian was the FSANS Director representing Inverness County for many years. He was the Fire Chief of the Port Hastings Fire Department and has served the fire service for over forty years. At the time of his passing he was the President of the Strait Area Mutual Aid Association. He has sat on a number of committees for FSANS during his tenure. Ian was the contact person for the Critical Incident Stress Team for the  Western end of Cape Breton Island. He was always  very active in many community affairs in Port Hastings and surrounding area.

The FSANS Execuitve and all members send condolences to the MacKinnon Family.

Full Obituary

SERVICE BULLETIN 2014-03

To:      All Volunteer Fire Services; EHS; Shubie Radio

Re:      TMR2 – Early mobile radio installations and Fleetmap Changes

The TMR2 project continues to move forward. VFD early mobile radio installations began in July 2014 and will continue through the summer and early fall.  EHS is the first agency scheduled to fully migrate to TMR2 in mid-October.  All the Mutual Aid talkgroups and the MFR-EHS talkgroups will be ‘bridged’ between TMR1 and TMR2, so the transition will not require that you do anything differently to communicate with EHS. Read more....

2014 FSANS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AND SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING

Holiday Inn

The Annual Conference and Semi-Annual Meeting were held at the Holiday Inn in Truro during the weekend of April 12th – April 13th. We enjoyed a great turnout of over 100 firefighters who attended the conference and 81 who attended the Semi-Annual Meeting held on the Sunday. Seventeen suppliers set up display tables around the room and the venue, once again, was a perfect fit for both members and suppliers, everyone had enough room to spread out and the Holiday Inn did an excellent job keeping everyone well fed and refreshed. Read more.... See some photos here.

County Fire Departments Receive Seaside Funding

Seaside

19 rural volunteer fire departments in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton receive a financial boost from a new program that recognizes the many contributions firefighters make to rural communities. Each of the 19 departments, selected in a random draw by Seaside Wireless Communications in Sydney, will receive at least $2,750, including $2,000 from Seaside and $750 from Nova Scotia Power.

Cheque Presentations


St. Peters & District
Volunteer Fire Department

Seven Communities
Volunteer Fire Department
   

L`Ardoise & District
Volunteer Fire Department

Dist. 6 Mun od St Mary`s
Volunteer Fire Department
   

Sherbrooke & Area
Volunteer Fire Department
Leichester
Leichester
Volunteer Fire Department


Salmon River Fire Brigade


Guysborough Fire Dept

Christmas Island
Volunteer Fire Department

Reserve Mines
Volunteer Fire Department


North Shore Volunteer
Fire Department

 

 

Department

Amount

Additional Donors

Leicester VFD

$ 2,750

Shinimacas District FD

$ 2,750

Salmon River Fire Brigade

$ 2,750

East River St Mary’s FD

$ 2,820

Nice Little Phone Book 

Alma FD

$ 2,820

Nice Little Phone Book 

North Shore VFD

$ 4,750

Antigonish County

Harve Boucher VFD

$ 4,750

Antigonish County

Seven Communities VFD

$ 3,750

Municipality of Guysborough

Guysborough FD

$ 3,750

Municipality of Guysborough

Sherbrooke & Area VFD

$ 3,750

Municipality of St. Mary’s

Dist. 6 VFD (Goshen)

$ 3,750

Municipality of St. Mary’s

Judique & District VFD

$ 3,750

Inverness County

West Bay Rd VFD

$ 3,750

Inverness County

Ingonish Beach VFD

$ 4,750

Victoria County

Iona VFD

$ 4,750

Victoria County

St. Peter’s & District VFD

$ 4,750

Richmond County

L’Ardoise & District VFD

$ 4,750

Richmond County

Reserve Mines VFD

$ 2,750

Christmas Island VFD

$ 2,750


CLICK HERE for the full story.

Duracell® Donating One Million Batteries to First Responders as It Launches Quantum™ - World’s Most-Advanced Alkaline Battery

On September 7th at the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) annual general conference Duracell announced that to celebrate the launch of its new Quantum™ battery it is donating one million of them to first responders across North America. Quantum, the world’s most advanced alkaline battery based on Hi-Density Core™ and PowerCheck™ delivers the unbeatable long-lasting power which first responders need. FULL STORY...

FSANS 2013 Annual General Meeting

FSANS

 

The AGM was held on Sunday, October 20th at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School and there was a great turnout from both members and suppliers, lots of information was shared.

AGM Report - AGM Photos

Lunenburg County Volunteers Contribute to Book About Community Fire Departments

FSANS

The fish plant in Riverport was in flames, and Bill Rhodenizer was worried about the safety of the people watching from their boats in the LaHave River.

It was Sept. 26, 1981. Rhodenizer was the Bridgewater department’s deputy fire chief. It was the first time the department used its new aerial ladder truck, a piece of equipment it had been hoping to buy for 18 years.

Rhodenizer was thrilled to have the ladder, but couldn’t help looking at the boats not so far away in the water.

“We kept trying to tell them to get the devil back out of the way because something could happen,” Rhodenizer recalled Saturday.

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Quality Inn Offers Great Rate for FSANS Members!

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$109 at Quality Inn Halifax Airport - $99 at Quality Inn & Suites Halifax
Please ensure you make your reservation directly with
the hotel to ensure you receive the FSANS rate.

Application form for the Federal Firefighter Medal

Both the Federal and Provincial completed application forms must be submitted to the NS Office of the Fire Marshal, the Federal application form will then be sent onto the Chancellery for the medals. The medals are sent back to the Office of the Fire Marshal for distribution. Allow at least 10 weeks for the federal medal, the provincial one may be issued slightly quicker than that.  click here more information...

Fire Services Long Service Medal Form

For the Application form CLICK HERE

Want your Medals Mounted?

Contact W.G. Cullum

Military Medalist
23 Lucasville Road
Lower Sackville, NS
B4E 3E8

(902) 864-5048

He is a retired RCMP member and has all the ribbons for all the various medals that we get so can ‘court-mount’ medals (putting a number of them on one backing) and he can create the ‘undress’ bar of ribbons for informal wear.  He works in his home, so you need to call first to ensure he’s around.