Busy January for Ladysmith firefighters

The year started off busy for Ladysmith Fire and Rescue.With a total of 22 incidents, Fire Chief Ray Delcourt said January was an active time for the crew.There were four alarm activations, two structure fires, three chimney fires, one miscellaneous call, two hazardous material calls,  two hydro lines down, four medical responses, one mutual aid and three motor vehicle accidents.“It’s just the way it is sometimes,” he said.Delcourt said some of this year’s goals include increasing the amount of members and upgrading the fire hall.Right now there are 32 crew members and Delcourt said he hopes to bring it up to 34.“Just to have more people there during the day,” he said as one of the reasons for the desired increase.The department is also looking to upgrade the utility brush truck and rescue truck.“The rescue truck is from 1986,” he said. “It’s a long time to have that vehicle and it’s the vehicle that responds to all MVAs and all rescue stuff.”The utility bush truck is 16 years old, he said.“We’re in the budget process with the town,” he said about the trucks.One major project the department wants to see done is the addition to the fire hall.Delcourt said they are working with the town right now on budgeting and grants.“We would like to see it happen as quick as possible,” he said.“We have a lack of space, and our equipment is getting bigger,” he said. “We need room for our trucks, for working around the fire hall, our training areas and day-to-day stuff.”