LRFD Celebrates Ret. Chief Bud White's 65 Years of Service

posted Jan 4, 2020, 2:21 PM by Darren White   [ updated Jan 4, 2020, 2:22 PM ]

 L-R: LRFD Chief Randy Gowlett, Ret. Chief Bud White, LRFD Dep. Chief Darren White, NB Fire Marshal Michael Lewis
On Saturday, November 2nd, community members, local fire departments and government dignitaries gathered at the LRFD station to congratulate Ret. Chief Bud White on 65 years of service to the community.
The department was formed in 1952 with Bud's father, Russell White as a founding member, and though records from those early days are scarce, Bud joined the department shortly after, in 1954.  Later, it was decided that the department needed to take on a standardized structure, and Bud was elected as the first chief, a role that he remained in until 2009.  Bud has stayed on as an active member of the fire department and still attends training meetings and responds to calls.  In addition, Bud was a member of the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs, The Maritime Association of Fire Chiefs, The Royal Firefighters Association and a founding member of Zone 2,  the local group of 11 fire departments that work together to provide mutual aid in the event of a large incident.
During Saturday's celebration, Fire Marshall Micheal Lewis Presented Bud with the New Brunswick Long Service Medal, as well as a special award from the province recognizing his achievement.

New Truck at Long Reach Fire

posted Nov 3, 2018, 12:05 PM by Darren White

 Long Reach Fire has taken delivery of a 2018 Freightliner Rescue / Command truck. This vehicle, built by Metalfab in Centerville will carry our auto extrication tools, breathing apparatus and our protective bunker gear.  This truck features some new innovations that will aid both our response times and our ability to deliver services to our residents.  The extended cab has seating for 5, with spaces for self contained breathing apparatus to be mounted in the seats.  This will allow firefighters to get geared up more quickly on calls.  LED lighting and on-board power generation will make for brighter, safer emergency scenes at night.  
   This truck has storage space for all of our rescue gear as well as for 12 sets of firefighters' protective clothing.  The large roll up doors on either side of the back of the truck contain pull out tool boards where our hydraulic auto extrication tools (jaws of life) and other hand tools are organized and ready if needed.  Additionally, this truck will serve as a command post on large incidents, and the heated interior will provide firefighters with a place to rehab during extended calls in cold weather.

New Brunswick Burning Conditions

posted May 6, 2018, 2:48 PM by Darren White   [ updated May 6, 2018, 2:48 PM ]

This map provides the most current burning conditions for New Brunswick.  This information pertains to category 1 fires, which include campfires, and small piles of burning debris.  Remember that fires must be attended at all times, and that landowner's permission is required before lighting a fire on private land.

For larger fires, or for burning grass, a written permit must be obtained from Natural Resources, who will need to pre-inspect your site.  

For further information, call 1-866-458-8080, visit the DNR Websiteor visit any Department of Natural Resources regional or district office.

Spring Freshet 2018

posted May 3, 2018, 6:39 AM by Darren White   [ updated May 6, 2018, 2:49 PM ]

As freshet levels continue to rise, Residents of Southern New Brunswick are urged to be aware of changing conditions.  We're seeing unprecidented water levels from Fredericton to Saint John, so even if your home or property has never flooded before, keep alert to the latest forecasts from the New Brunswick River Watch Centre (  The Emergency Measures Organization has delivered sand and sandbags to our station, and these will be available for the duration of the flood.

Anyone that needs to evacuate their home, please call and register with the Red Cross (1-800-863-6582) who can help with accommodations if necessary. If you do not need help with accommodations you are still asked to register with the Red Cross.  As always, in the event of an emergency, call 911 immediately

The provincial government has launched a Disaster Financial Assistance program to help small businesses and individuals who suffer property damage during this flood.  Click HERE for more information about this program.

Some Summer Fire Safety Tips

posted Jun 15, 2017, 6:33 AM by Darren White   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 6:33 AM ]

The Long Reach Fire Department wants to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe summer.  Below are some general fire safety tips that will help your family enjoy all that summer can offer. 
In & around the house

Recycle: Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.

Check and clean filters above stove.

Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.

Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.

Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests .

Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.

Clean up and properly store fuel containers, paints, pool and yard chemicals.

Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.

BBQ Tips

All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.

Always position the grill well away from combustible objects — buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.
Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.

Never leave a lit grill unattended.
Always use long handled grilling utensils and heat resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.

Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.

Keep a garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of a fire.

Cottage Fire Safety

Test smoke alarms when you return to your cottage. Pack a new smoke alarm and extra smoke alarm batteries in case they need replacement.
Install carbon monoxide alarms in your cottage if it has a fuel-burning appliance.  
Develop and practice a fire escape plan to ensure everyone knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.
Know your cottage's street address, in case of emergency.  

Fireworks Safety:

Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary

Campfire Safety Tips
Check with the Department of Natural Resources (1-866-458-8080), on open-air burning restrictions. Keep up-to-date on fire bans in the area.

Never build a campfire on a windy day. Sparks or embers from the fire could travel quite a distance setting an unintentional fire.
Watch the wind direction to ensure sparks aren't getting on flammable materials. Put the fire out if wind changes begin to cause concern
Build campfires where they will not spread; well away from tents, trailers, dry grass, leaves, overhanging tree branches or any other combustible.
Build campfires in fire pits provided or on bare rock or sand, if no fire pit is provided.
Maintain a 2 to 3.5 meter (6 – 10 foot) clearance around your campfire.
Build a campfire surround with rocks to contain your campfire. Be aware that rocks obtained from the river may explode due to moisture in the rock becoming superheated by the campfire.
Use crumpled paper and/or kindling to start a fire rather than using flammable liquids.
Keep campfires to a small, manageable size no more than 1 meter (3 feet) high by 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter and don't let it get out of hand.
Don't burn garbage in your campfire. The smell is unpleasant for you and your neighbours, and may attract animals to your campsite.
Keep all combustible materials, including flammable liquids, propane cylinders, lighting fluid, etc. away from the campfire.
Stack extra wood upwind and away from the campfire so that sparks from the campfire cannot ignite your woodpile. Have sufficient wood on hand to eliminate the need to leave your campsite to restock.
Never leave campfires unattended. Ensure that a responsible adult is monitoring the campfire at all times. Supervise children around campfires at all times and never allow horseplay near or involving the campfire, such as jumping over a campfire. Do not allow children to run around near a campfire.
Closely supervise children while roasting treats over a campfire. A flaming marshmallow can easily ignite a child’s clothing. A heated metal skewer can be a burn hazard, as well as a puncture hazard.
Loose clothing can easily catch fire. Never reach into a campfire to rearrange pieces of wood.
Teach children how to STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothing catch on fire. Teach children to cool a burn with cool running water for 3 – 5 minutes.
Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Use caution when applying water to the campfire. Once the water has been applied, stir the dampened coals and douse it again with water. As an added precaution, shovel sand or dirt to cover the dampened coals to smother any remaining embers.
As little as 1 second contact with a 70°C (158°F) campfire can cause 3rd degree, full thickness burns.
The average campfire can get as hot as 500°C (932°F) in as little as 3 hrs.
The majority of children are burned the morning after a fire from coming into contact with hot ashes or embers.
A campfire left to burn itself out or put out with sand only, was still 100°C (212°F) eight hours later. The buried coals and embers retain their heat underground like an oven. There is also a risk that the fire may spontaneously re-ignite. A child may mistake the pile of sand or dirt as a sand castle and attempt to play in it. The temperature, less than 10 cm (4”) below the surface of the sand or dirt can be as high as 300 °C (572°F).
A campfire put out with water is reduced to 50°C (122°F) within 10 minutes of applying the water and reduced to 10°C (50°F) after 8 hrs. The safest way to extinguish a campfire is with water.

90 Years of Service

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:32 AM by Darren White   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 9:32 AM ]

 Capt. Scott Crandall   Dist. Chief John Long   Chief Randy Gowlett
Three members of the LRFD were recently recognized for their long standing commitment and contributions to the Fire Service.

Captain Scott Crandall was awarded the New Brunswick Long Service Medal.  Scott joined the department in 1991 and has served in various roles, including Safety Officer and Training Officer. Scott also has served on the Kingston Peninsula Ambulance Service,and has taken a lead role on a number of medical calls over the years.  

District Chief John Long, who has 45 years of service with the department, was recently awarded his second long service bar.  John has been with the department since 1971 and has seen it grow from a grassroots organization with a fire pump and a few lengths of hose to a team of well trained, well equipped firefighters.  John has been instrumental in that growth, by making sure that firefighters have the tools that they need to do their jobs.  For his dedication, John was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.

Chief Randy Gowlett, with 20 years of service, has been awarded the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal.  Randy joined the department in 1996, and served as Firefighter and Deputy Chief before taking over as Chief in 2009.   For the past 7 years Randy has been the driving force behind moving the fire department beyond basic fire suppression and into a fully modern fire service that can perform automobile extrication, respond to medical emergencies, and most recently perform remote and technical rescues.

NB Burning Conditions

posted Apr 19, 2016, 7:51 AM by Darren White   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

This map provides the most current burning conditions for New Brunswick.  This information pertains to category 1 fires, which include campfires, and small piles of burning debris.  Remember that fires must be attended at all times, and that landowner's permission is required before lighting a fire on private land.

Grass fires are a major concern in the early spring and can cause serious damage to agricultural and forested lands. Forest fire officials warn New Brunswickers not to light grass fires in fields because they can quickly spread to nearby forests. Persons who feel they must burn grass are required to submit a written burn plan to the department, have an inspection beforehand and then receive a written permit with departmental guidelines attached. 

For further information, call 1-866-458-8080, visit the DNR Websiteor visit any Department of Natural Resources regional or district office.

LRFD Members awarded 5 year pins

posted Feb 13, 2016, 7:43 PM by Darren White   [ updated Feb 13, 2016, 7:43 PM ]

The Long Reach Fire Department would like to congratulate and thank Guy Arseneault, Raye Edgett, Ben Flann, Luther Harrity and Matt Jones for their service to the community.   Each of these members has been with the department for at least 5 years,  have participated in hundreds of hours of training, and responded to countless car accidents, chimney and structure fires, and rescues during that time.  As well, each has gone above and beyond the call of duty, attending events at the local elementary school and seniors residence, helping with the annual Christmas tree sale and checking on residents during the power outages caused by the ice storm and hurricane in 2015.  

Having members like these on our Fire Department helps to make this community a better, safer place to live.  Thank you.

LRFD Annual Tree Sale

posted Nov 19, 2015, 5:42 PM by Darren White   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 5:42 PM ]

Superior Water Shuttle Recertification

posted Oct 18, 2015, 5:29 PM by Darren White   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 5:29 PM ]

This morning, Firefighters Ben Flann and Guy Arseneault participated in a water shuttle at Nauwigewauk. This is something we practice regularly with our neighbouring departments, as it improves the fire insurance grading for our coverage area. We have the highest level of tanker shuttle accreditation, and are recognised as being equivalent to having hydrant protection.

Ask your insurance company if they are aware that you are covered by a fire department who has superior water shuttle accreditation. For more information visit:

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