FIRE SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA
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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Recent news and Announcements
May 15th, 2020
Fire ban and restrictions
A ban on open fires in the woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of the woods is in effect until 1 June 2020 at 11:59 pm. This means No Domestic Brush Burning is permitted.
Use of fire pits which are no wider than 0.5 m in diameter, and backyard appliances (like chimineas) are permitted for households but must follow the posted burning restrictions updated at 2pm daily. Municipal bylaws must also be followed.
During the wildfire risk season (March 15 to October 15) all campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions.
Burn restrictions are updated daily at 2pm @ novascotia.ca/burnsafe
Be sure to Check your municipal bylaws as they may supersede the burn safe restrictions
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
April 18th 2020
Update to Burn Restrictions from Department of Lands & Forestry
The Forest Protection section of the Department of Lands and Forestry wanted to make FSANS members aware of the following information:
As of April 12, 2020, the Fire Proclamation has been replaced with a province-wide “No Burn” restriction,
- The previous Fire Proclamation restricted blueberry growers and other agriculture management activities by not permitting industrial burning,
- Instead, burn day restrictions will be set to “no burn” province-wide by the Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre, meaning domestic burning is not allowed,
- Staff will have the ability to issue Industrial Burning permits,
- Industrial Burning Permits will only be issued for blueberries and agricultural crop management, including maple syrup production.
FQAs which might be helpful:
What is the difference between a fire ban and “No Burn” restriction?
For the public, both mean the same thing – burning is not allowed. “No Burn” follows the terminology used in the Forest Fire Regulations, which prohibits open domestic fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. “No Burn” restrictions on open fires are enacted as needed to protect the heath of the province’s forests when the consequences of fire are deemed high risk.
There is no change for the public. The restriction means no open burning is allowed within every county across the province until further notice. However, industrial permits will be available for agricultural crop management, under strict conditions.
Are there any exemptions?
There are exemptions that can be made for industrial agriculture. Industrial permits could be issued for crop management such as done with blueberries, but they must follow very strict protocols and requirements. Industrial Burning Permits will be postponed for other non-essential activities including agricultural land clearing, other land clearing and other land development.
Does this include private campgrounds?
Private campgrounds will be exempt from the “no burn” restrictions providing the fire is enclosed in grills designed for that purpose (Forest Act 23 4(d)).
Why are open fires prohibited now?
The spring warm-up is right around the corner and conditions will quickly become dry. The risk of wildfires is high during the spring, and the ban on open fires is a precautionary measure that will reduce potential damage to homes and properties and reduce the number of calls provincial fire crews must respond to and help us maintain our firefighting resources. This is an important part of the province’s response measures as we face COVID-19.
Will the “No Burn” restriction end before May 15?
The “No Burn” restriction will be imposed daily until May 15 and will be re-evaluated as that date approaches. It may be lifted, continued or extended, depending on conditions at the time.
April 9th 2020 - Media Release from FSANS
(PLEASE NOT THERE WERE SOME CHANGES AS OF APRIL 18TH 2020 TO ACCOMMODATE AGRICULTURE CROP MANAGEMENT SEE ABOVE)
From: Daniel Gaudet, President, Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia
Re: Provincial Open Fire Ban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On March 23 the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry ordered a ban on all open fires across the province, which includes campfires, industrial burning - in fact any fire not enclosed in a CSA approved appliance. The reason for the open fire ban is to protect the forests and the health of firefighting personnel during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Most Nova Scotia fire services are staffed by volunteer firefighters who respond from their workplaces or homes. The health of all firefighters at this time of crisis is at risk, and gathering at the scene of a wild-land fire dramatically increases their risk of contracting the virus. The Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia fully supports the open fire ban and implores anyone thinking about lighting an open fire of any sort to please comply with the provincial ban and wait until the ban is lifted. The online tool regarding open-fire safety will be used to show any changes to this ban period.
The open fire ban applies to any wild-land and includes land within 1000’ (300m) of woodlands. Private campgrounds are exempt for now as the owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of fires on their premises, and municipalities may invoke stricter restrictions and for a longer period of time within their jurisdiction.
Call 911 if it is an emergency or the fire is out of control. Call 1-800-565-2224 to report an unsafe burning practice.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.