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Mayor calls for reinstatement
of Hillcrest fire hall at awards
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
CAO Sheldon Steinke, MLA Pat Stier, Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson, assistant fire commissioner Jacen Avrey and CNP Mayor Blair Painter stand in front of Lawrence Rosia who was honoured for almost 70 years of service as a volunteer firefighter. Members of council stand in the background.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Mayor Blair Painter is appealing to the community’s former volunteer firefighters to help re-form a fire hall in Hillcrest.
“It is the intention of your municipal council to redeem and grow the volunteer base of the Fire/Rescue department,” said Painter. “With this in mind, as soon as practically possible, we’ll reinstate the Hillcrest fire hall.”
It’s been over two years since the previous council seriously alienated many former members of the volunteer fire department with the firing of long-term Fire Chief Jamie Margetak and the amalgamation of the Pass’ fire and rescue services.
Ninety per cent of Crowsnest firefighters walked out of the job to protest Margetak’s dismissal.
Addressing assembled citizens and Fire/Rescue personnel at an awards presentation Saturday at the MDM Centre, Painter said a Hillcrest fire hall would provide a higher level of fire protection for that part of the community.
“We will be calling on all previous fire members to help us out and fill the roster for this hall. Please help us by spreading the word,” he said. “We need your support.”
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On Saturday, 52 service medals were awarded to the community’s current and former Fire/Rescue personnel.
“These are going to the dedicated men and women that put everyone else before themselves,” said Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson.
Lawrence Rosia was honoured for almost 70 years of service to the fire department. Rosia said that when he joined the department as a teenager, it was a much more informal organization.
“My dad died when I was young so I was working already at 14,” he said. “I joined then. It was just pickup.”
Painter said he hopes to make the ceremony a bi-annual tradition.
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