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Can I burn in HRM?

As of April 15, 2014 there are burning restrictions in HRM. Check out whether you can burn in your area?

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3rd Annual Firefighter Celebration of Service
Past & Present
Parade Honour Guard
Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency extends an invitation to you and the members of your department to join us and representatives from Canada’s Maritime Provinces Fire Departments at our 3rd annual Firefighter Celebration of Service - Past & Present on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Where: St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church, 3751 Robie Street, Halifax  



Muster in front of St. Stephen’s Elementary School, 3669 Highland Street at 10:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather muster will be in the church auditorium.

Parade 10:15 a.m. to the church

Service 10:30 a.m.
Please note that a collection will be taken with all donations going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

There will be a reception in the church hall following the service.

Dress uniforms, including medals, are to be worn by all uniformed personnel. Personnel not having a dress uniform are to wear fatigues with tie and hat.

rsvp. to 490-5530 or

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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is currently recruiting volunteer firefighters for the communities of:

Black Point
Cooks Brook
Dutch Settlement
Fall River
Lake Echo
Meaghers Grant
Middle Musquodoboit
Moser River
Musquodoboit Harbour
Ostrea Lake
Oyster Pond
Sheet Harbour
Three Harbours/Port Dufferin
Upper Musquodoboit
Wellington/Grand Lake


A volunteer recruitment drive & open house is being held at the Meagher’s Grant Community Centre / Fire Station on Saturday, May 10th, from 11am-1pm. Please join us to learn more about volunteering. This will be a family friendly event; games, face painting, Fire Prevention displays, prizes and BBQ!

For more information on volunteer recruitment, please call 490-5611.

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Decommissioning of Substations

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency has decommissioned five of its substations across HRM. The substations include:

  • Substation 37 (Elderbank)
  • Substation 32 (Mooseland)
  • Substation 51 (Upper Hammonds Plains)
  • Substation 53 (Terence Bay) and
  • Substation 61 (Ketch Harbour)

The substations are decommissioned due to the combination of a lack of volunteers and the low number of calls. Have questions?

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New website developed for our veterans!

The site is open to retired and ex-members of the Fire Service in the Halifax/Dartmouth/Halifax County areas, as well as their families and the families of deceased members. This is an excellent place to chat among other retirees and to send your pictures, newspaper clippings and any other articles that relate to the various Fire Departments that now form HRFE.


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Sirens For Life

Sirens For LifeStation 58 (D Platoon) crew pose with Malorie Stoddard and Chief Doug Trussler during the kickoff of the Sirens for Life blood donation campaign at the Halifax Blood Donor Clinic in Halifax. The crew assisted Stoddard following a serious car accident. She survived after receiving multiple blood transfusions. From left are Niena Reed, Chief Trussler, Capt. David Searle, Malorie, Mike Dorey, Spencer Mitchell and Joel Brewer.

Fred Layton Donating bloodDivision Captain Fred Layton, one of those participating in the event, has contributed blood more than 190 times.


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Axe Presentation

Edgar Kerr with Ceremonial Axe

EDGAR GETTING THE AXE - Fire Chief Doug Trussler presented former Station Chief Edgar Kerr, Station 26 - Oyster Pond, with a ceremonial retirement axe on April 10, 2014. Edgar reccently retired as Chief but will continue on as a Firefighter at his station. He has been serving his community for over 35 years. Congratulations Edgar!


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Seafarers STRUCTURE FIRE IN PROSPECT -- A building used as a workshop for making cabinets was destroyed by fire on Seafarers Lane in the White’s Lake area of Prospect in November. Firefighters from several stations responded to the call. Above, with the sun setting in the background, Lieutenants Leonard March of Tanker 55 (left) and Jason Parsons of Tanker 60 consult while operating lines at the front of the now collapsed structure. There were no serious injuries.



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Tech Rescue

High Angle RescueLOOK UP, WAY UP – Firefighter Harry Creamer, with fellow member Kim Slaunwhite attached in a harness, is hoisted by fellow members to the underside of the MacDonald Bridge in an exercise simulating the rescue of a person trapped in a crevasse or deep pit. Our department maintains a technical rescue team around the clock and constant training is vital.


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Vehicle Rescue

Vehicle RescueWE’LL GET YOU OUT – One of the biggest fears any of us have is being trapped in a wrecked car in a traffic accident. Throughout HRM, all of our firefighters are highly trained in vehicle rescue. We also compete. Above, Sherry Dean of Station 3 (West St.), one leg protruding from a window, provides immediate first aid to a victim of a simulated car accident while other members of our extrication team stabilize the car and prepare to remove the roof. This was at the recent North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge in Hagerman, Long Island. The event drew rescue teams from departments across Canada and the U.S. Our Halifax team came in 3rd overall. Competing in events like this familiarizes us with new techniques and tools which we can then incorporate in vehicle rescues in our municipality.


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The Silo

The Silo

SMALL BUT STUBBORN – This smouldering sawdust fire in a silo at Cape Cod Wood Siding in Hammonds Plains, next door to Fire Station 50, kept units tied up for about 15 hours. Above, members watch as Capt. Bill Marr of Station 65 (Tantallon) uses a rotary saw to cut a ventilation hole in the side of the steel silo. In the foreground is Capt. Kevin Reade who was Incident Commander on the call.

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Raising Money

Camp Connect HELPING BURN SURVIVORS – And having fun doing it. Above, Halifax firefighters Joe Barbati (getting doused), Jeff Clarke (on the left), and Erica Gabriel (right) are presenting a cheque for almost $23,000 to Dave Collier (centre), senior platoon chief of the DND Fire Department in Halifax. During the presentation, Capt. Jim Benoit, also of Halifax Fire, crept up from behind with a bucket of water. The photo says the rest. Collier is chair of the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society. All were helping at Camp Connect, an annual six-day event for burn survivors. Our members raised the funds for the Society.


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Camp Courage

Camp Courage THE EXERCISE – Firefighter Natasha Prest of Station 16 is safety officer as students at Camp Courage prepare to attack a simulated structure fire that will turn into a haz-mat and multiple victim incident. This is graduation day at the camp for girls that is held every two years. The instructors are firefighters, police officers and paramedics. The students receive two days training in each field. It has been a life-changing experience for many of the students over the years. It’s the brainchild of Firefighter Andrea Speranza of Quint 5, who is executive director of the camp.


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Use of this logo without official permission is prohibited.