Re­port on prospect of amal­ga­mat­ing fire sta­tions de­layed un­til March

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

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.

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