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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Worry Over Future Role Of Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteers are the cornerstone of KV Fire---that message being delivered to Rothesay Council from the Kennebecasis Valley Firefighters Association, a group concerned about what role volunteer firefighters will have in the future. 

Vice-President Matthew McQuade says KV Fire has shown little to no interest in developing or using volunteers and the department stopped recruiting and actively training new members to be volunteer firefighters three years ago.
McQuade pointing out eliminating the volunteer program will have far-reaching consequences including reducing the flexibility of the department and reducing the number of available personnel for large-scale incidents. 

He says there are currently about 20 volunteer firefighters on the roster but that number is very fluid.