FIRE SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA

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The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia is dedicated to provide leadership and representation to the fire service, government, private sector and citizens of Nova Scotia by developing, evaluating and communicating policy and programs through consultation, research and education in the matters of fire and public safety.

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July 29th, 2020

TO : Nova Scotia Fire Service

DATE : July 29, 2020

RE : Office of the Fire Marshal Answering Service

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Effective Monday, August 31, 2020, at 8:30 am, the Office of the Fire Marshal will be changing our answering service provider to the provincial Operations Centre in Shubenacadie. Our telephone numbers, 902-424-5721, and our toll free 800-559-3497 will remain the same and these numbers will continue to be answered 24/7. We are not anticipating any issues with the changeover but want to ensure that a plan is in place should anything occur. On Monday August 31st, if you try to contact the OFM using the above numbers and you do not reach an OFM staff person or it appears to not work, the office has setup a temporary number 902-424-5211 for use. You can also still contact the office by fax or e-mail.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office by phone, fax and/or

e-mail OFM@novascotia.ca

Sincerely,

Fred W. Jeffers,

Fire Marshal

July 30th, 2020

Meeting Minutes Page Updated

May 2nd, 2020

Current Membership list updated under the "About FSANS" Page which Including departments who have and departments who have yet to pay 2020 membership fees.

April 29th 2020 - Mental Wellness

If you need help, seek help.

For assistance, the fire service has a number of options:

  • Our provincial CISM team is available to assist after any line of duty critical incident by calling 1-800-559-3473 - https://www.nsfirecism.ca/
  • The Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167 is available for any of your mental health concerns. - https://novascotia.ca/mental-health-and-wellbeing/
  • Check with your fire department insurance provider for any programs or support they can offer.
  • If your department has a Fire Chaplain or similar position this might be a great first step.
  • Reminder, most Doctor’s offices are still open!
  • Remember 211 is a great tool to find services and programs including mental health assistance https://ns.211.ca/
  • Wellness Canada Mental Health Portal: https://ca.portal.gs/?lang=en-ca


Recognize how you are feeling

Take care of yourself

Stay connected

Maintain perspective

December 8th 2019

The 2020 Nova Scotia Firefighters' Metalfab Curling Championship will be held in Lunenburg, NS January 31st to February 2nd, 2020. The winner advances to the 61st Annual Canadian Firefighters' Curling Championship in Charlottetown, PE March 27th to April 4th, 2020.

Details, Entry Forms and more can be found on their website

https://www.nsffca.ca/

December 21st 2019

FSANS Membership and Associate Membership forms are now posted online need to renew or become a member.

Please see the Documents & Forms page to print off your membership form.


December 4th 2019

A family affair: Freeman Lumber makes generous donation to Greenfield and District Fire Department

Last week, at the Greenfield and District Fire Department, Charlie and Richard Freeman announced their company was donating 13 sets of personal protective equipment (bunker gear) and other employee incentives to the 13 Greenfield firefighters who are employed at the Freeman mill. This latest generous donation from the Freeman family is valued at more than $30,000. Read More Here...


October 20th 2019

FSANS Annual General Meeting

The FSANS AGM was held on October 20, 2019 at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in Waverly,

October 17th, 2019

Amendments Support Volunteer Firefighters

Firefighters help keep Nova Scotians safe every day, putting their own health and safety at risk. That is why government is ensuring all volunteer firefighters have access to Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) injury insurance coverage.

Read More here...


June 24th, 2019

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg launches firefighter recruitment retention strategy

Tasked with the responsibility of providing fire protection to its residents, and facing a worrisome decline in the numbers of volunteer firefighters in most fire departments, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), has rolled out a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy.

“Volunteers in the fire service, whether they be firefighters, auxiliary members or other volunteers, are vitally important to the provision of emergency services in the municipality,” said MODL Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, in a news release.

Click here for full report...

May 23, 2019

As part of Emera’s Occupational Health and Safety week in May a creative idea was hatched and one that certainly benefited the volunteer fire departments throughout Nova Scotia. The idea was to ask employees to donate new teddy bears that would be used to comfort a child on a scene., and donate they did, 137 teddy bears and plush toys were collected.

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May 2019

The Annual Conference of the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia was held in Truro on May 13 and 14; it was a fantastic turnout once again! This year’s theme was “Fire Fighting and Hot Topics” and the line-up of speakers this year was impressive.


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December 11, 2018

During a council meeting in New Germany, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL), together with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association, presented a unique commemorative plaque and long-service medal to Wilfred Feener for 52 years of dedicated service to the Dayspring and District Fire Department, including 21 years as chief for two separate terms. Presenting the plaque and medal to Feener (centre) were MODL councillor and former Conquerall Bank fire chief Martin Bell, mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, councillor and former Bridgewater fire chief Reid Whynot, and MODL fire services co-ordinator and former Hebbville fire chief Chris Kennedy.

2018

New Victoria Fire Department recently received four new sets of turnouts.

The New Victoria Fire Department in Nova Scotia recently received four new sets of turnouts, compliments of Globe by MSA, through the 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway. A highlight of their award can be found HERE, and a press release by CLICKING HERE.

The Globe Gear Giveaway is a partnership between Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions, and the National Volunteer Fire Council. Since 2012, the following six departments in Canada have received Globe gear through this invaluable program:

  • 2012 - Moose Creek Fire Department, Ontario
  • 2014 - Osler Fire Department, Saskatchewan
  • 2015 - L’Orignal Fire Department, Ontario
  • 2016 - Norton Volunteer Fire Department, New Brunswick
  • 2017 - Louise Fire Department, Manitoba
  • 2018 - New Victoria Fire Department, Nova Scotia

Additional information can be found at HERE.

July 17, 2018

Trudeau announces $90-million contribution to twin deadly N.S. highway.

The Pictou County community has fought for years to get improvements for Highway 104, with local fire Chief Joe MacDonald leading the charge.

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