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Welcome to the Lunenburg Regional Fire & Emergency Services Web Site

We are the 28 fire departments in the Municipality of Lunenburg, and the towns of Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.

MONTHLY MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


Training

All known training has been canceled until further notice.

Please click here to view the Lunenburg Regional Fire and Emergency Services training video.


COVID-19 Resources & News

Posted: 23 March 2020

COVID-19 and CISM Response

Nova Scotia Critical Incident Stress Management

From the Chair of the CISM team

"Hello all,

"As I am sure you have already heard; the province has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 today March 22nd.

"As a result this has further restricted personal gatherings to a maximum of 5 people and further identified the need for anyone traveling, inter provincially, into Nova Scotia to also self isolated for 14 days. I just want to reach out immediately to ensure that FSANS and all fire departments in Nova Scotia know we are taking this seriously and that we are doing the best we can to keep up with this ever changing dilemma.

"We hosted a zoom conference with our working committee today and I wish to provide you with an update on how this announcement has impacted the services we provide. Although we still see ourselves as "first responders for first responders" we struggle with the timeframe at which we become an essential service.

"Many of our members are the same first responders called upon in their respective communities we want to make sure they remain healthy at this time. That being said, we still want to make sure the mental health of Nova Scotia's firefighters remain supported.

"New protocol of Nova Scotia CISM team

  1. "Only necessary sessions will be conducted until further notice, this means no Pre-education sessions will be conducted.
  2. "The CISM team will now move to an online support system using Zoom to facilitate group sessions as much as possible.
  3. "One on ones will be carried out either by Zoom or by telephone at the discretion of the mental health professional and the client.

"We are moving into a new normal and together we will be successful in taking care of our community and citizens.

"This too shall pass!

John White, B.Ed., B.A.C.S., M.Ed
Chair of Nova Scotia Critical Incident Stress Management team

Posted: 17 March 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Two new presumptive COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia

Sent On Behalf Of The Nova Scotia Department Of Health Wellness

From EMO NS Notification System

"Good afternoon,

"Today, March 17, the Province confirmed two new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 6 presumptive positives and 1 confirmed positive. Included below is the link to the news release issued outlining the details.

"New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200317001

"Premier Stephen McNeil, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Brendan Carr, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dr. Krista Jangaard, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre will provide an update today, March 17, at 3 p.m.

"A recording of the news conference will be available shortly after it concludes on the NS Gov YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov

"Also attached are prevention posters that can be placed around for employees, clients and the public.

"Thank you for the shares and retweets on social media from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Government social media channels. Follow them @nshealth and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/NovaScotiaHealthAndWellness/ and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook™.

"Thank you."

Posted: 16 March 2020

COVID-19 QUARANTINE COVERAGE

from VFIS of Canada

"Good afternoon all,

"I had a few questions flow my way re the firefighter coverage in the event they may become exposed to COVID – 19 and are required by medical authority /official / civil authority to quarantine as a result of the exposure . Is coverage available for weekly indemnity to fire fighter well in quarantine directed as noted above . I have been in contact this date with VFIS and have cut and pasted their response below . As a suggested precaution those Depts. with plans other than VFIS { and there are other program } may wish to review the extension of coverages provided.

"Iam providing this response for East Hants Fire Service and Colchester who are both VFIS but thought others may be interested and have copied a few of my contacts.

"Bruce, our policy is the only policy in the marketplace that addressed this scenario. VFIS will cover those who have been exposed to the virus and need mandatory quarantine. Please keep in mind that they would have had to be performing an authorized activity of the fire department when exposed. The onus will be on them... obviously to prove this occurred. For example, if a firefighter were to go to an MVA and the patient is known to have the Covid-19 and the firefighter needed to be quarantined, we will pay for that time off due to the quarantine. The mandatory quarantine can not be self administered or self diagnosed and it would have to come from an official government official per say.

"Our policy even addresses this type of scenario in our actual policy wording. We define Mandatory Quarantine and list this in our Illness definition. Others do not address this specific situation in their policy wording. Please see our wording as follows:

  • "Mandatory Quarantine – means period of isolation intended to limit the spread of an Infectious Disease. The Mandatory Quarantine of an Insured Person must be ordered by appropriate medical officials while acting under the authority of the local, provincial or federal government.
  • "Illness(es) – means any disease, sickness, or infection of an Insured Person while coverage under this policy is in force as to the Insured Person. The Illness must:
    1. "manifest itself during a specific Covered Activity with the result that the Insured Person interrupts his or her participation in such Covered Activity in order to receive immediate Medical Treatment; or
    2. "directly result from participation in a Covered Activity and also result in the Insured Person receiving Medical Treatment within 48 hours of participation in such Covered Activity. The requirement that Medical Treatment be received within 48 hours is waived for Infectious Diseases.
    3. "Illness also includes the Mandatory Quarantine of an Insured Person.

"I hope this helps. Off duty coverage is strictly accident only so there is nothing there.

"Take care,"

Kip Cosgrove, Canadian Regional Manager

Posted: 16 March 2020

IAFC CORONAVIRUS

Online Webinar

The IAFC is offering all of their collected information to any and every member of the fire service-not just their members. Perhaps useful to us too, in Canada.

Complete Webinar Link: https://youtu.be/KwhTQU3wVdg

Synopsis of the "key takeaways" from the IAFC Coronavirus COVID-19 webinar:
https://www.lexipol.com/resources/blog/key-takeaways-from-the-iafcs-coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Posted: 16 March 2020

COVID-19 Resource

John Hopkins Hospital, U.S

"You may be interested in the web site maintained by John Hopkins hospital in the U.S. It gives an excellent world perspective on the Covid 19 virus pandemic.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

"Yours, Michael Ernst, MoDL Councillor, District 8"

Posted: 16 March 2020

COVID-19 and Fire Services

From MoDL Fire Services Coordinator

"Hi all,

"We are all in very trying times with the pandemic created by Covid-19 and its super-fast impact around the globe, and now have our first cases in our own little Province of NS. I have seen that several fire departments have cancelled community events and gatherings in some of their halls. I am very thankful to see you doing this, trying to be pro-active against the Covid-19 outbreak and the implications it may have. The faster we react and put measures in place to limit this kind of contact the quicker things will hopefully turn around.

"MODL has started by shutting down public venues and other areas where person to person contact in large groups is possible. Other opportunities to aid in this will be looked at and implemented in the future and will heed the advice given by the Province to help protect us from the Covid-19 virus. I know each of you are your own entity and govern yourselves, anything you can do to limit public events or gatherings for the three week time suggested by the Province will certainly help, starting from March break. This may help us to slow and hopefully reduce the impact and length of time we are all impacted by the Covid-19 Virus. We have seen the impacts of other countries before it landed in Canada and using lessons learned so we may not be as heavily affected as other countries around the world. We need to self contain when necessary and protect ourselves when responding to emergencies where many of those we are assisting are unknown to us. I know you are all thinking of your families and your Firefighter's safety during this time. Let us do what we can for them by protecting ourselves while responding to emergencies.

"An email was forwarded to all MFR agencies last week asking all MFR agencies to converse with your EHS contacts around any MFR type concerns.

"Be safe, let us do what we can to get through this.

"Thanks"

Chris Kennedy, Fire Service Coordinator
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

Posted: 13 March 2020

EHS MFR Services Coronavirus Advisory

Update

Please download the following update from EHS:
https://lrfes.com/downloads/news-2020-03-13-corona-ehs-update-2.pdf

Posted: 12 March 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Materials

Sent On Behalf Of The Nova Scotia Department Of Health Wellness

From EMO NS Notification System

"Hello,

"As our partners and stakeholders, we wanted to take this opportunity to ensure you have access to the most up-to-date information on government's preparation for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness established a website on Coronavirus –https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus – that is being updated regularly with the most current information based on the advice of the Chief Public Officer of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. It is also in French - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/fr.

"In addition to the fact sheets shared previously, we are asking for your help to ensure accurate and updated information reaches the public by retweeting/sharing information on coronavirus that the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Government social media channels are distributing. You can follow them @nsheath and @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ on Facebook.

"Three news releases have been issued this week and links are included below:
– NSHA is limiting visitors at all sites: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/nsha-limiting-visitors-all-sites
– NSHA has opened initial COVID-19 assessment centres across the province: https://www.nshealth.ca/news/nsha-has-opened-initial-covid-19-assessment-centres-across-province
– Coronavirus Preparations Well Underway: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200306003

"Going forward, we will share updates on the COVID-19 as they become available. Additionally, we look forward to hearing from you.

"Thank you."


Student Firefighter Bursary

DEADLINE: 15 APRIL 2020

The purpose of The Lunenburg Regional Fire and Emergency Services Student Bursary (LRFESSB) is to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in academia or trade. This bursary is intended to recognize and reward students showing contribution to the fire and emergency services in support of their community.

Please download the:
Student Firefighter Bursary – Information Package and Application



Latest News!

Updated: 1 April 2020

Annual First Responders Bowling Tournament

CANCELLED March 22, 2020 at Bowl-More Lanes in Bridgewater

Depending upon the status of the COVID-19 situation, the tournament will go on April 26, 2020 or delayed until September 27, 2020 at Bowl-More Lanes in Bridgewater

Download the original flyer here:
Bowling Tournament Flyer


Posted: 01 February 2020

Female Firefighter Networking Night

at the Hebbville Fire Department on 27 February 2020

You are invited to a networking night event for Female Firefighters in Lunenburg County. Download the flyer:
Networking Night Flyer


Posted: 17 February 2019

IAFC Fire and EMS National Emergency Safety and Survival Alert

Firefighters, EMTs and Apparatus Struck – Roadway Operations

Since many fire departments in our county cover a major highway, and many secondary roads which may be just as dangerous, the International Association of Fire Chiefs put out the following:
cos-mag.com/ohs-laws-regulations/39066-pei-extends-presumptive-coverage-to-firefighters-fire-inspectors/


Posted: 04 February 2019

The Clean 15

Cancer Prevention

Enjoy a five minute cancer prevention film from FDNY and NFFF:
https://youtu.be/iGBxujMOVBM


Posted: 21 January 2019

Our Very Own Ambassador to CFFF

Dr. Will Brooks Officially Appointed

The Executive of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) recently appointed Founder and Past-President, our own Will Brooks an Ambassador.

In speaking with Will about this, he indicates that this means he can and will, if asked, visit any Nova Scotia fire department to fill department members in on the role of the CFFF, how it can be connected in times of the tragedy of a Line of Duty Death. Will can also bring folks up to date on the annual ceremony in Ottawa as well as the assistance available to families of the fallen.

Anyone wishing information can contact Dr. Will Brooks at: 902-298-4161


Posted: 27 November 2018

For All Firefighters

Fire Apparatus Struck in Virginia

Dr. Will Brooks shared the following with us. A reminder for those departments who service the highway to be very careful.

Take a look at this:
Link to this Article

Will Brooks also asked that we subscribe to The Secret List at FirefighterCloseCalls.com. Here is the link to the latest articles, and while you are on that page please click on "Sign up for the Secret List" link on the right hand side:
Link to All Articles


Posted: 06 November 2018

For All Firefighters

Chemical in Firefighter Turnout Gear Eyed As Potential Cancer Agent

Dr. Will Brooks shared the following with us. Folks have a right to see this and not have it buried.

Unbelievable, take a look at this:
Link to Article


Posted: 21 August 2018

For All Firefighters

NIOSH Report

Dr. Will Brooks shared the following with us.

Firefighters die in fires all over the World. Being from some place does not make anyone immune to an accident. This recent report from NIOSH and circulated by Billy Goldfeder gives a quick look at one incident ad gives a URL to many others. Some guys print this out and put it up on the hall bulletin board as a way of teaching others.

Download the NIOSH Report for your fire hall:

Download the NIOSH Report


Posted: 22 May 2018

2018-19 Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Criteria

The Emergency Services Provider Fund is a program intended to assist first responder organizations in Nova Scotia with the purchase of equipment used directly in response to a fire or emergency situation.

The program will provide up to 75 per cent of the total capital cost to a maximum of $20,000.

The Funding for this program is pending 2018-19 budget approval.

Please visit the document with all the fund's criteria:

Download the Criteria


Posted: 07 March 2018

Webinar: Structural Firefighters Line of Duty Deaths

The Facts, The Lessons, The Future

Perhaps no event is more high-risk, low-frequency than when operations start to go wrong at a structure fire. And each time we lose a firefighter at a structure fire, we have an opportunity-and an obligation-to study what went wrong.

In this webinar, Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder will moderate a discussion with three fire chiefs leading departments that experienced structure fire LODDs at structure fires. These leaders will share the specifics of the incident, details from the post-incident analysis, and the changes they're making to help prevent a similar incident from recurring.

You will learn:

  • Lessons from three structural fire incidents where firefighters were killed.
  • Leadership and organizational changes to address the root causes of firefighter LODDs (Line Of Duty Deaths).
  • 3 common factors contributing to structural firefighter LODDs and how to combat them.

Please visit their website for all the details and to register for the webinar:
http://info.lexipol.com/webinar-firefighter-lodds


Posted: 26 February 2018

Fire Loss Assistance Program

A Partnership Between Giant Tiger and CVFSA

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association and Canadian retailer Giant Tiger have teamed up to offer assistance to those who have suffered a fire loss (required to vacate property more than 72 hours or loss of residence).

Please download all the information and program application form:

Download the Info and Program Application Form


Posted: 22 May 2017

MODL Policy (MDL-70) – Certificate of Recognition to Businesses and Community Groups

Two upcoming events where MFRs are being requested to attend in case of a medical emergency.

Certificate of recognition to the business for allowing firefighters to leave work, and recognition to businesses and community groups who support the efforts of the local volunteer firefighters in providing fire and emergency services in Lunenburg County.

Please download the guidelines:

Download the Guidelines


"Fire Fighters of Lunenburg County" – The Book

The book launch of "Fire Fighters of Lunenburg County" was a great success with a full house in attendance.

Support Your Local Fire Department and Purchase The Book

Each and every fire department in Lunenburg county have copies of the book for sale. Proceeds go directly to the fire department where the book is purchased.

Please visit the list of departments page and contact your local fire department to make arrangements for you to purchase this fantastic history of fire fighting in your community.

ONLY $20.00 per copy.


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