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The Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade is an organization dedicated to saving lives and protecting property through fire prevention, suppression and public education. Our coverage area includes almost 1800 homes and businesses covering 225 sq km's of land in Colchester County. It includes forest, remote mountain areas, marsh, farm land, rivers, residential subdivisions, commercial developments, 22km's of 100 series highways and 10 km's of CN rail tracks. We have 35-40 active members and several more honorary and support members. We are all volunteers with no compensation for our time.

Our call volume for 2023 was 228 calls (Dec 1, 2022 - Nov 30, 2023). Of these, 3 were structure fires and 5 were vehicle fires. The estimated $ loss due to fires including structures and vehicles for the year was $840,300. We attended 96 medical calls and motor vehicle accidents accounted for 55 calls.  Mutual Aid calls from neighbouring fire brigades totalled 21. We responded to 10 brush and/or grass fires and 4 flue fires. We also had 34 miscellaneous calls. Miscellaneous calls include things like alarm activation's, carbon monoxide alarms, gas leaks, garbage fires, cats in trees, etc.

In 2023 we recorded 13,022 hours on Brigade activities:  

- 2341 hours at incidents.

- 1421 hours spent on training.

- 9260 hours spent on administration (meetings, fund raising, maintenance, etc).  


We held our annual fundraiser, the Harvest Sale & Auction in late September. Through the support of our community, we raised just over $20,000. Our only other fundraiser beside our tax base is the

 NS Firefighters 50/50 Jackpot draw, held each week. This has been a successful fundraiser for us since it started in 2020 and we appreciate your support!!

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