November 13, 2013

Firefighter honoured for service

As published in The Erin Advocate

Firefighters from Hillsburgh and Erin turned out in force at the November 5 Council meeting to honour Rick Adamson for his contributions over the last 20 years.

The communications room at the new Hillsburgh Station 50 will be named after him. MPP Ted Arnott presented certificates from himself and MP Michael Chong, and a Governor-General’s medal.

With other volunteer firefighters, he has dedicated time and effort to finishing the newly-constructed fire station. He is also the president of Wellington-Dufferin Mutual Aid, which coordinates assistance among municipalities in the event of major or multiple emergencies.

Councillor Deb Callaghan paid tribute to Adamson’s service.

“Rick is usually the first person at the station when a page is put out for an emergency in the community. In arriving first, Rick becomes the communications operator, something he is very skilled at.

“It takes a lot of experience to anticipate what is going to be required at an emergency scene, and by analyzing the incoming information from Guelph dispatch, Rick is often requesting Mutual Aid or other agencies to attend an emergency before the incident commander has time to request them.

“Rick is like Radar on the TV show M.A.S.H. – he seems to be able to read minds and make things happen before they are needed. Thank-you Rick for all the effort you have given our community.”

Rick Adamson was honoured for 20 years of service as a Hillsburgh firefighter. Left to right are MPP Ted Arnott, Councillor Jose Wintersinger, Adamson, Councillor Deb Callaghan, Mayor Lou Maieron and Chief Dan Callaghan.