LTE: South Stormont firefighters were quicker than witness claims

South Stormont firefighters work to control the flames from this home in Newington, Ont. on Nov. 16, 2015. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Editor’s note: The following is in response to a neighbour’s claim it took firefighters 20 minutes to reach the scene of a fire in Newington on Nov 16, 2015.

I think the misinformation in the article stating it took the fire department 20 minutes to respond should be addressed. People don’t realize the call goes to dispatch then the page goes out to the fire department.

Here are the actual times from dispatch:
Call went to dispatch at 23:39. First truck on scene rescue 3 at 23:46.

It is very upsetting to see it is quicker to quote someone without actually having any facts and making the fire department sound incompetent.

Most of these fire fighters were in bed after working their regular jobs all day. So seven minutes response is pretty amazing when they’ve had to get up, get dressed, drive to the hall, get into the rigs and respond on scene. It’s not like in the big cities where the guys sit at the hall, ready to jump directly onto the truck. Also, many of the amazing fire fighters who were up all night still had to go to their regular day jobs or they don’t get paid.

The main focus in the article should be everyone is safe and a family has lost their home.

Thank you to the all the South Stormont Fire Departments and The Finch Department for answering the call!

Kim Poirier

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