TATAMAGOUCHE – Ian MacDonald is more than ready to take on a big responsibility.
MacDonald has spent the past eight years as a deputy fire chief with the Tatamagouche Fire Department. Last week, he was handed the reigns of fire chief during the brigade’s annual meeting to assign its executive for the next year.
“It’s a lot of responsibility but I’ve been pretty involved in the brigade for 25 years and I have a lot of experience,” MacDonald, 48, told the Truro Daily News.
One of his goals is to have “the guys learn the history of the fire brigade of where the equipment came from.”
MacDonald said it’s important to know such details for when the older members move on.
“We’re lucky. We have a lot of younger guys,” he added.
Outgoing fire chief Jim Forbes held the top position for eight years. He will stay with the brigade, which he has been a member of for about 20 years.
“It was time for a change. It was time to get some young blood in,” Forbes said.
Forbes said one of the best things about being on the brigade was, and will continue to be, how well the group gets along.
“It’s the camaraderie of the department. They are all real keen and training is really good.”
The Tatamagouche brigade dates back to 1947, said MacDonald. It currently has seven trucks and about 35 active members. Although it fluctuates, MacDonald said most weeks the brigade responds to “one or two” calls a week.
Who is who:
The Tatamagouche Fire Department’s newly elected executive includes the following:
Chief: Ian MacDonald
Deputy chiefs: Mark Langille and Tim Colburn
Captains: Ian Langille, Peter Lockerby, Matt Forbes, Marvin Roberts and Rick Veno
Executive members: Colin Cunninghman, president, Rick Hoeg, treasurer; Paul MacDonald, secretary; Paul Colburn and Kent MacDonald, members at large