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Firefighters and first responders from dozens of departments were honoured in a parade through Barrington Passage on Saturday, August 12th (Acadia News Photo)

Firefighters celebrated with parade in Barrington

By Kevin Northup Aug 12, 2023 | 2:22 PM

Firefighters who battled the largest wildfire in Nova Scotia’s history marched in a parade Saturday.

Hundreds lined the street in Barrington Passage as firefighters and first responders waved in appreciation.

Ricky Banks with the Woods Harbour/Shag Harbour department says it was amazing to see.

“It really means a lot to see the community support. To see all the people on the road with tears in their eyes, you know they certainly appreciate it,” an emotional Banks told us.

People made signs and waved Nova Scotian flags.

Many signs could be seen along the parade route in Barrington (Acadia News Photo)

Messages of thanks could be seen all over Barrington (Acadia News Photo)

Barrington Warden Eddie Nickerson says they’ve always shown community spirit.

“Everyone appreciates the hard work that these firefighters and first responders put in to saving our community,” said Nickerson.

Josh Atwood with the Barrington/Port Latour department worked 2 weeks straight on the fire, all while dealing with his own property damage.

“To see everyone come out in droves today, it’s awesome to see. The appreciation is just amazing,” said Atwood.

Shelburne Warden Penny Smith knows that appreciation will live on.

“The love and support that’s been shown from day one continues, and it’s not just in Shelburne County, it’s across the province and across the country,” Smith said.

The group Shelburne County Strong organized the parade, they’re planning a fundraiser next year.


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