Full-time fire­fight­ing com­ing to Syd­ney air­port

‘ This equip­ment will en­sure the con­tin­ued safe op­er­a­tion of the air­port’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON

Just mo­ments af­ter Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment that WestJet’s Encore ser­vice will be fly­ing daily into Syd­ney, fed­eral Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt con­tin­ued the good news feel­ing at J.A. Dou­glas McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port by an­nounc­ing money to pur­chase fire­fight­ing equip­ment for the air­port.

“I have ac­tu­ally ex­cel­lent news for the air­port. It’s an im­por­tant air­port here in Nova Sco­tia, and what I am here to tell you is this: the gov­ern­ment of Canada, the gov­ern­ment of Stephen Harper, will pro­vide the Syd­ney air­port with fund­ing of more than $1.8 mil­lion to sup­port safe and ef­fi­cient oper­a­tions at the air­port,” Raitt said.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment, through Trans­port Canada’s Air­ports Cap­i­tal As­sis­tance Pro­gram, is spend­ing $1,846,152 to pur­chase two air­craft res­cue and fire­fight­ing ve­hi­cles and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment. These ve­hi­cles will pro­vide en­hanced emer­gency re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity and es­tab­lish full-time fire ser­vices at the air­port.

“The J.A. Dou­glas McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port is an im­por­tant hub for res­i­dents, busi­nesses, and tourism in this re­gion,” said Raitt. “This equip­ment will en­sure the con­tin­ued safe op­er­a­tion of the air­port, while con­tribut­ing to the eco­nomic and so­cial well-be­ing of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Air­port chair Doug Peach said he was pleased with the fund­ing.

“To­day we welcome your most re­cent con­tri­bu­tion of $1.846 mil­lion for the es­tab­lish­ment of full-time fire ser­vices on-site,” said Peach. “The gov­ern­ment of Canada has con- trib­uted a to­tal of $14.1 mil­lion since 1998 to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture and safety at the air­port.

“Trans­port Canada’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to our fu­ture and safety here at McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port is grate­fully ac­knowl­edged.”

While im­prov­ing the air­port is im­por­tant to those us­ing its ser­vices, the air­port chair the im­prove­ments have also led to another wel­comed fac­tor — jobs.

“All of our im­prove­ments have been com­pleted by lo­cal con­trac­tors pro­vid­ing much­needed lo­cal em­ploy­ment,” said Peach. “We’re ever-vig­i­lant of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance ser­vice and safety and play­ing our role in open­ing up this beau­ti­ful is­land to the world.”

Peach said the im­prove­ments are needed to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­bers of pas­sen­ger traf­fic.

“Pas­sen­ger traf­fic has grown from 91,000 pas­sen­gers in 2005 to al­most 200,000 in 2014,” said Peach.

Since the pro­gram started, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has in­vested more than $688 mil­lion for 828 projects at 174 air­ports across the coun­try.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Doug Peach, chair­man of J.A. Dou­glas McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port, re­acts to an­nounce­ments at the air­port on Wed­nes­day.

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