Until 2018 we maintained two stations. Our primary station located 2 kilometers west of the Village of Harvey Station on Highway 3, and the sub-station located in Brockway at the southern tip of our coverage area. Our department has one of the largest fire response service areas in the entire province of NB.
Within our response area are two schools, a medical center, a recreation facility with skating rink, a lumber mill, a woolen mill, CNC Machining and Fabrication shop, several large farms and small businesses.
In addition, the main arterial Highway 3 which runs through our coverage area is a major trucking corridor between the Trans-Canada highway and southern New Brunswick and Eastern Maine, USA.
NB Southern Railway line linking Eastern Maine with the port of Saint John also runs directly through our coverage area.
HVFD responds to an average of 80 calls per year. We provide and receive mutual aid to our neighboring fire departments.
We have 3 Regional Fire Marshall Local Assistants to help enforce provincial safety and code violations.
Our department is dispatched by the Fredericton Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) housed within the Fredericton City Police Station.
EMS calls are handled by Ambulance New Brunswick.
The Harvey Fire Department is a fully volunteer department comprised of 49 active members including the officers and chief. The department’s proper name is the Harvey Fire Department, but it is also known as the Harvey Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD).
Our department protects the Village of Harvey Station, and the surrounding Parish of Manners Sutton. We are also contracted to provide protection to small parts of both the McAdam and Prince William Parishes. The area protected by HVFD comprises of approximately 1000 square kilometers, serving approximately 925 dwellings and a population of approximately 2000 citizens. The population balloons during the summer months as the area is home to 5 large lakes and numerous cottages and summer homes.
HVFD expanded our mandate to include off-road rescue services. Our department has an ARGO 8x8 outfitted for off-road response and wildland fires. It can be attached to our rescue sled for patient transport on the numerous ATV and snowmobile trails in our response area.
With 7 lakes in the community at large, we also have a motorboat for water rescue and recovery. In addition, out department has 8 certified open-water divers.
During Fire Prevention Week and Safe Schools Week we visit local schools to present information to students on fire prevention and driving safety. We host the local Sparks, Brownies and Cadets at our hall in the spring to assist them with earning their Fire Safety badge and provide them a tour of the Fire Hall and our equipment.
In May of each year, we host a Fire Service Recognition banquet, to thank our members for their years of service and to recognize new members and those who have reached special milestones.
In August of 2016, we held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Fire Station.
We provided emergency heat with the assistance of mutual aid departments, business owners, local citizens and EMO during two major ice storms that left residents without power or heat for several days.
Our membership has training meetings every Tuesday evening at 7 PM. On these nights, we complete either classroom or practical hands-on training. One Tuesday evening each month is reserved for business meetings.
The Officers also meet at least once per month or as needed. We send a delegate to the monthly Capital District Fire Association meetings and we have a member assigned to meet with the Village of Harvey for Emergency Measures.
The Harvey Fire Department fleet consists of 3 engines (pumpers) with a total pump capacity of 2150 gallons per minute, and a 3300 gallon tanker with a 1050 gallon per minute pump.
We also have two rescue units. Our primary rescue unit carries the department's Jaws of Life equipment used for rescue and auto extrication and has a mobile breathing air refilling system for filling firefighter’s air packs at fire scenes.
We arrive at a scene with up to 7500 gallons of water as there are no hydrants in any of our coverage area. In addition to the apparatus we have several utility pumps and 4 porta-tanks to assist with providing additional water from ponds, rivers or pools that may be located close to the fire scene.
Our secondary rescue unit carries additional equipment for motor vehicle accidents, off-road rescue equipment and is used for firefighter transport for mutual aid, traffic control assistance, and for hauling our command trailer and rescue boat.
It is the goal of the Harvey Volunteer Fire Department to provide the best possible fire protection and rescue services to the citizens in our response area, as well as anyone traveling through it, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
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