Report on prospect of amalgamating fire stations delayed until March
SYDNEY — A report by Cape Breton Regional Fire Service on the prospect of amalgamating its three fire stations has been delayed until March, according to deputy fire Chief Brent Denny.
Denny said it’s taking longer than expected to complete the report.
The fire service had been expected to present the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s protective services committee with an issue paper this week providing a recommendation on options to fix its crumbling infrastructure.
It will include a review of renovating the three Sydney fire stations, rebuilding them from the ground up, or building one centralized facility in Sydney.
The fire service submitted a report to the committee in December seeking to combine the stations into one large central fire station, saying it was the most efficient option.
However, the firefighters’ union has launched a public relations campaign in opposition to the proposal, saying it will result in longer firefighter response times and will put the safety of the general public at risk.