Donald (Chic) Milne answered his last alarm from Fire Station 2 on Feb. 2, 1974. He drove Pumper 2 from the fire hall at Keele St. and Rutherford Rd. to a house fire on Crestwood Rd. in Thornhill. He died in hospital the next day. Chic was the first — and to this day, the only — Vaughan firefighter to die in the performance of his duties. Thirty-five years later, the station he was based out of has been dedicated to his memory.
The heralded Scott Somerville Fire and Rescue Service Station and York EMS Station 7-9 has won yet another honour. Natural Resources Canada recently awarded the station an ecoENERGY plaque for its level of energy efficiency.
Practice, practice, practice. That’s the message Vaughan Fire and Rescue, along with fire departments across Canada, is trying to get out during the Oct. 7-13 Fire Prevention Week.