Fire departments see need for trained security at suspicious fire scenes

Sueann Musick
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PICTOU – County councillors may soon be getting a request from local fire departments to cover the cost of security at suspicious fires. 

Coun. David Parker said Monday during a finance committee meeting that he recently met with Pictou County Firefighters Association President Jim Roper to discuss the option of having the county contract out to a security firm to watch over suspicious fire sites until the fire marshal can arrive at the scene.

“The reason fire departments are unable to provide this is service is because they are not trained security guards,” he said.

Parker said the issue of having trained security guards in place is important regarding insurance claims because a fire scene could be jeopardized if proper steps aren’t taken to protect the area.

In addition to this, he said, having fire department volunteers wait around hours or sometimes days for the fire marshal to arrive to inspect a scene, ties up the fire department’s manpower.

“A request will be coming for us to contract out that service,” he said. “In most cases, if insurance is involved we would recover that cost but if there is no insurance, we would have to cover that cost.”

Organizations: Pictou County Firefighters Association

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