TIGNISH – The Tignish fire department starts a new term with the same executive it had at the end of its last one.
Harley Perry returns as chief along with Allan Gavin as deputy chief, Vance Keough as president and Paul McRae as secretary.
The department re-elected the executive during its annual meeting on Feb. 3, and the selection was approved by Tignish Community Council Monday night.
Council chair, Allan McInnis, suggested the status quo on the executive is indication the executive is doing a phenomenal job.
McInnis thanked the department for the protection it provides to the community. He expressed disappointment that some people had taken to social media to ridicule the department on its decision to discontinue its demolition derby fundraiser due to liability concerns. “A lot of negative things were said by a lot of people on Facebook. I just hope that’s all done with now. Some people didn’t have nice things to say about our fire department but, at the same time, when they put their head on their pillow at night they depend on our firemen and women to protect us at all hours of the day and night. I hope they sat back and realized what they were saying was totally false about our fire department.”
Allan Gavin, who also serves as fire committee chair on council, reported he has been put in charge of long-term planning for the department, and served notice that a new truck will be needed in about four years time. He said it will likely carry a price tag in excess of $300,000.
Gavin said he wanted to give the community and the fire department a heads-up on that reality, and to encourage them to continue with fundraising activities.