Feb 4, 2019 Bulletin

Opening/Chair: Terry Pook was the Chair for today's meeting. She asked Ken to lead us in the singing of O'Canada and that was followed by a moment of personal reflection.
Visitors/Guests: Kyle Andrews joined us for today's meeting. Carrie Burke and her husband as well as our guest speaker, Shawn Burke also joined us.
Speaker: Our Guest Speaker Shawn Burke, is originally from Sydney, and has lived in Brookfield for 20 years. He works in transportation for three municipalities and has been married for 26 years to Carrie and they have a son Jordan.
Shawn has been involved with the Canadian Bomberos for the last five years. In the past, Shawn has spent five years with Colchester Ground Search and Rescue and more recently has spent five years as a volunteer Fire Fighter with Brookfield Fire.
Shawn shared his experience being involved with Canadian Bomerbos. Canadian Bomberos is a group of Canadian volunteer firefighters whose mission is to provide gear and help to disadvantaged firefighters throughout Mexico, Central, and South America.
Through the generosity of fire departments across Canada, they collect personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools and send it to firefighters in need. Since 2015, they have provided training to over 500 firefighters in Mexico, have gathered over 1200 sets of bunker gear and delivered 700 sets to Mexico, along with helmets and boots. They are currently working with over 20 fire departments in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay and are urgently looking to collect PPE, helmets, gloves, hand tools, jaws, and fire apparatus to help them out. While the equipment collected may not meet the Canadian standard, they do inspect all equipment and ensure it is safe to use.
This past March Shawn and another member of the group drove for seven days in a U-Haul taking 7000lbs of gear from Brookfield to Central Mexico and then spent six days putting in training related to equipment that was delivered. 
Shawn talked a lot about how Canadian Bomberos got started. He originally saw a story on CBC about a fellow firefighter from PEI who was collecting gear from PEI and sending it over to Mexico. Shawn reached out on Facebook, and the rest is history so to speak! Shawn was storing hundreds of sets of gear in his garage when it occurred to him that he likely had surpassed the weight restrictions of the trusses! Sure enough, he was right. CBC Radio interviewed Shawn about the project and the lack of space, and in the same day a business in Dartmouth stepped up and donated a Sea Can. Another business also donated their services to deliver it. 
The gear that is donated to the group by fire departments across Canada has typically reached the 10-yr mark from its manufacturing date, which means it can no longer be used to fight interior fires in Canada. A guideline set by the NFPA. Many of these sets of gear have never seen fire and are in new condition. 
A brand new bunker suit tailored to fit would cost in the $6000 range and an off-the-shelf suit would be around $3000. 
Not only are the Canadian Bomberos providing donated gear to the fire departments in Mexico but they're also providing training that has now been integrated into their practices and protocols. Two years ago the group first introduced portable water tanks. Now there is someone local who is building the portable water tanks and they're being used on calls. 
Darlene thanked our speaker.
Member Health: No report.
Announcements and Reports: Reminder of the directors meeting, Tuesday, February 5th at 7 p.m. at Tom Savery's house. Jane knows the way!
President's Report: No report.
Happy Mug:
  • Jim Gould is happy the Patriots won!
  • Mark was happy to spend this past weekend in Fredericton with his son, his son's finance and his grandchild.
50/50: Jane chose the lucky ticket, but not the lucky card! The pot grows.
Closing: Meeting Adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Vocational Tour
On January 31st, ten members of the Rotary Club paid a visit to the Nook and Cranny Brew Pub and the Salty Dog Brewing company on Prince Street and heard all about the evolution of the micro brewing business from business owner Derek Forsyth.  After hearing about the various challenges of the business, the group got to sample some of the great products and a some stayed to try out some items off the menu as well.  It was an informative and fun event.  Watch for the next one.
Rotary Ski Fun Day
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Kirk Saint
Feb 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Provincial Holiday
Feb 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Judy Nicholson
Mar 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Matthew Hunter
Mar 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Dave Mills
Mar 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Keith Gillis
Mar 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Chester MacPhee
Apr 01, 2019 12:00 PM
Chair: Joanna McGowan
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