Issue: June 2021
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Next deadline: June 25


We occasionally receive questions regarding when to call 911 for assistance so I thought I might provide some basic information as provided from the province of Nova Scotia website: 911 is for emergencies only. Call 911 if your health, safety or property is threatened and you need help right away. Call 911 for emergencies and get connected to the fire, police or ambulance services you need. There is no charge to call 911 from any phone, including pay phones. Anyone in Nova Scotia can call 911. If your issue is not an emergency, don’t call 911. Call takers (operators) need to be available to answer emergency calls.
If you accidentally call 911, DON’T HANG UP. Stay on the line and let the 911 operator know that the call was accidental. If you hang up, the call taker (operator) will call you back. If they cannot reach you, emergency services could arrive at your location. Examples of non-emergencies include: parking complaints; noise complaints (music, dogs barking); minor thefts such as a stolen bicycle or car break-in; following up with police on a file; request or complaints about car towing. The non-emergency number for the Uniacke & District Fire Department is 902-866-2828 and the Rawdon RCMP Detachment number is 902-866-2424. Don’t hesitate to all for emergency or non-emergency assistance if you need it. You are never being a bother or a burden to first responders.

When calling 911 during the current pandemic, you can expect to be asked screening questions regarding Coronavirus and Covid 19. You may be asked if you are presenting any symptoms such as a fever or trouble breathing, if you have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the last 14 days, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid 19. These and other questions may be asked on the phone and when first responders arrive at your location. As is very common nowadays, first responders will be wearing masks when they arrive. Firefighters and paramedics may don additional protective equipment as deemed necessary depending on the nature of the emergency. First responders across the province are responding to all calls for assistance as we always have, it just may sound and look a little different than before.

I have alluded in previous Newsletters and on Social Media that the Fire Department had made some purchases with money raised from the Provincial Firefighter 50/50 draw that has been happening since the spring. Our community has one of the larger fire districts in East Hants, therefore we try to keep a couple of pieces of equipment spread out amongst firefighters so that they may be used at calls. Although two of our fire trucks carry AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for cardiac arrest emergencies, for several years we have had 3 extra AEDs dispersed in the community with our firefighters. In a cardiac arrest emergency, seconds and minutes count and sometimes it is quicker for a firefighter to take an AED to a medical emergency rather than waiting for the fire truck to bring one from the fire hall. Our current AEDs were 10-12 years old and although they are very functional, technology has improved and the province has started using a new model of AED. We are happy to report that we upgraded 3 of our AEDs to the new model at a total cost of $7107. We have also purchased first aid kits for all firefighters to keep in their vehicles at a cost of $1131. Many times firefighters arrive in personal vehicles to emergencies and it will be a benefit to have the first aid kits with them. So that is over $8200 worth of items purchased from the 50/50 money the community has helped us raise.

As we purchase more items in the coming weeks and months, we will be sure to let everyone know. As a friendly reminder, the 50/50 draw happens every Thursday evening. Ticket sales end each Thursday at 8PM and the draw takes place shortly after. To purchase tickets in support of Uniacke & District Volunteer Department, please visit the 50/50 website here:

Shawn Darby / Acting Deputy Chief

On behalf of all Firefighters of
Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department