“Hats off to the Hemford & District Fire Department for their dedication and commitment to protecting and caring for their community and for their part in making it a great place to live.”
The Hemford & District Fire Department has approximately 20 firefighters, and a small, but mighty, group of 5 auxiliary members, who serve the 2nd biggest district in the county, which includes Nineveh, Colpton, Hemford and Simpsons Corner. The team of fire fighters, including 4 women, respond to approximately 50 calls per year, half of which are medical related. 8 of the members are trained and certified as Medical First Responders and provide valuable pre-hospital emergency care to those in distress.
The auxiliary and firefighters take care of their community and they also fundraise and provide opportunities for locals and neighbours to come together. They run two penny auctions, a Buffet Salad Supper, bingos, a yard sale and a New Year’s Dance, in addition to producing a fundraising calendar. The commitment and dedication shown by this close knit group, is truly inspiring.
Family members have dedicated years of volunteer service to the department. Chief Collin Hunter has been a member since 1984. His father, Gordon Hunter, was Chief for 38 years, making him the longest serving fire chief in Canada. Two of his brothers (Allan and Peter) and his sister-in-law, Darlene also serve on the squad. Equally impressive, is that two firefighters have been serving for over 45 years and two auxiliary members, Barbara and Grace have volunteered for over 35 years. The Deputy Chief, Arthur Jensen has also been with the department for 24 years. Chief Collin Hunter says that “we haven’t had a big changeover of volunteers, and new ones always seem to stay.” That in itself, shows how special this group is.
Hats off to the Hemford & District Fire Department for their dedication and commitment to protecting and caring for their community and for their part in making it a great place to live.