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St. John’s Goulds fire station transitioning to full-time

November 25, 2019
By Fire Fighting in Canada Staff

Nov. 25, 2019, St. John’s – St. John’s Regional Fire Department’s Goulds station will transition from a volunteer to full-time station within the next three to four years.

“I thank all Goulds volunteers, past and present, for their service and dedication to the community,” said Sherry Colford, St. John’s fire chief, in a news release. “This decision was not made lightly. The Goulds volunteers have worked very hard and dedicated much of their time over the last 43 years.”

There are many processes that will take place before Goulds becomes full time. Land and funding will be determined, a new station will be designed and built, and recruitment for full-time firefighter positions will take place.

“While we feel that Goulds volunteers could continue to provide a positive level of service for the area, and will continue to do so for the next three or four years, we also believe that the time has come to begin providing a full-time service to the entire region,” said city councillor Wally Collins in a press statement.

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During the next four years, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department will remain a composite department with Goulds volunteers continuing to provide service during evenings and weekends.