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St. Lunaire-Griquet firefighters resign

St. Lunaire-Griquet Fire Department members are photographed with new equipment in this 2015 photo.
St. Lunaire-Griquet Fire Department members are photographed with new equipment in this 2015 photo.

A number of firefighters have walked out on the St. Lunaire-Griquet Volunteer Fire Department.

According to a Facebook post by Deputy Fire Chief Chris Humby, the resignations came after the St. Lunaire-Griquet town council rejected the results of the fire department’s vote for a new fire chief. The former fire chief, had earlier resigned for personal reasons.
In the meantime, Humby has assured the public the town will continue to have a fire department despite the resignations.
“As with any reduction in numbers locally, our ability to fight fires is reduced,” he told the Northern Pen.
However, Humby said there are still active members prepared to respond in the event of a fire or emergency. Furthermore, the St. Lunaire-Griquet department has enacted their mutual aid agreements with the NSHL (Noddy Bay, Straitsview, Hay Cove and L’Anse aux Meadows) Fire Department and the St. Anthony Fire Department to help continue coverage for its residence.
The Northern Pen reached out to Mayor Dale Colbourne and one of the resigning volunteers for comment. Both declined to speak at this time.
A meeting between the council and department volunteers is scheduled to take place Tuesday night.
 

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