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Regional Fire Service Being Explored For North Simcoe

Another topic at tonight’s Council meeting was the exploration of a regional fire service for Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay Twp.  The staff report says “The Tiny Township Mayor recently engaged the North Simcoe Mayor’s in discussion about the feasibility of considering changes in Fire Service response options. The concept advanced by Tiny Township included […]

Fire Department Needs Replacement SCBA

Fire Chief Paul Ryan gained initial approval for the joint purchase (Tay, Oro-Medonte, Midland/Penetanguishene) for 20 SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) units, 50 air bottles and 35 face pieces.  The purchase has come in under budget at $216,730 (plus HST).  The SCBA was originally intended to replaced in 2018 but the air bottles are end of […]

Aerial Ladder Fire Truck – A Must

Decades ago, Midland Fire Department was without an aerial ladder truck. There were times that ladders they had couldn’t go higher than a second storey or hardly reach the bow or stern of a grain carrier.  Council following much research arranged to buy an aerial ladder  truck from a fire truck manufacturing company in Woodstock. The day […]

Can Midland Be Served By An All Volunteer Fire Department?

While there are those in Midland who feel the town should be served by an all or nearly an all volunteer fire brigade, Wasaga Beach plans to hire at least six more full time firefighters thus covering  both east and west fire stations with permanent smoke eaters 24/7. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in […]

Snow Covered Fire Hydrants Cause Unnecessary Delays

As a public service, if there is a snow-covered fire hydrant near your home, could you please clear away ice and snow from around fire plugs.  Having served as a volunteer firefighter light years ago, I often found myself one of the first few arriving at an inferno.  Those smoke eaters who hit the road with pumper […]

Thoughts On Midland Fire Service

Midland Fire Department responds to almost one call a day, on occasion more. Talk of an all volunteer fire brigade makes as much sense as driving a vehicle without tires. Decades ago, the vast majority of volunteer smoke eaters owned their own businesses and felt it was their duty/way of giving something back.  Today with potential […]

Community Group Continues To Bash Midland Fire Service

In their latest update to their followers, MidlandCommunity.ca published the following: “The Midland Full-time Fire personnel will receive their 2015 pay increase just in time for Xmas.  As our member/contacts know, we have objected to the town concluding the 2015-2016 MPFFA collective agreement because the award fails to recognize our economic realities, the need for […]