Fire sta­tion open­ing de­layed

Mi­nor de­fi­cien­cies noth­ing out of the or­di­nary: of­fi­cial

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­post.com

Move-in day for the new Vic­to­ria Road fire sta­tion has been slightly de­layed.

Gil­bert Mac­In­tyre, deputy chief of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Fire Ser­vice, said the de­lay is noth­ing out of the or­di­nary and is part of the nor­mal process of com­mis­sion­ing a new build­ing.

“The con­trac­tors have turned it over to build­ing ser­vices with Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” he said. “They’re just find­ing some de­fi­cien­cies that they want ad­dressed be­fore we move in. There was a smoke de­tec­tor miss­ing that they wanted placed, there’s some sig­nage is­sues that would tell peo­ple what doors have to re­main … closed.”

Another sign is needed to in­di­cate where fire­fight­ers are to go with their con­tam­i­nated turnout gear af­ter re­spond­ing to fires, Mac­In­tyre added.

“We don’t want to be in un­til it’s fully com­mis­sioned and they sign off on it,” he said. “I don’t want to have my peo­ple in there and have build­ing ser­vices in there at the same time try­ing to do their job and in­ter­fer­ing with our job, so we’re bet­ter to re­main in the sta­tion where we are, where we can re­spond with­out any con­flict­ing en­ti­ties.”

Work on the mod­ern fa­cil­ity be­gan last spring un­der the di­rec­tion of Dora Con­struc­tion. When com­pleted, the sta­tion will re­place the ag­ing Whit­ney Pier fire sta­tion. The fire ser­vice had hoped to be in the new sta­tion by De­cem­ber

Mac­In­tyre said fire­fight­ers are anx­ious to set­tle into their new digs.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful, mod­ern build­ing that has a lot of (oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety) con­cerns ad­dressed,” he said. “Our youngest build­ing was built in 1983 so there’s a lot of hap­pened in OHS since then and all of those things are ad­dressed in this build­ing. Ev­ery­body is look­ing for­ward to get­ting into it.”

They now ex­pect the fire ser­vice to take pos­ses­sion within the next cou­ple of weeks and the fire ser­vice will then have to out­fit some of­fices and set up the work­out area.

Mac­In­tyre added he un­der­stands mem­bers of the pub­lic may be in­ter­ested in see­ing the fire sta­tion once it is up and run­ning “and they should feel wel­come to do that.”

Fea­tures of the new sta­tion in­clude drive-through bays, whereas cur­rently trucks must be backed in. It will also have the abil­ity to house the re­gional com­mand post, al­low­ing it to be de­ployed more quickly in the event of an in­ci­dent. The sta­tion will also have a ded­i­cated phys­i­cal fit­ness area for fire­fight­ers, an area for train­ing and male and fe­male shower ar­eas. Its de­con­tam­i­na­tion room will al­low gear and soiled cloth­ing to be cleaned at the sta­tion fol­low­ing a call, rather than see­ing fire­fight­ers take their cloth­ing home with them.

The Whit­ney Pier sta­tion is be­lieved to have opened some­time in the 1970s and was only orig­i­nally in­tended to be a tem­po­rary home for the ser­vice. The cen­tral sta­tion on the Es­planade is the only other op­er­at­ing fire sta­tion since the ser­vice closed its fa­cil­ity on Ashby Road in 2009, and later tore it down. The fire ser­vice, which is staffed with paid fire­fight­ers, serves the Syd­ney area.

CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTO

Deputy Chief Gil­bert Mac­In­tyre stands out­side of the new fire sta­tion on Vic­to­ria Road in Syd­ney. Open­ing of the build­ing has been slightly de­layed as mi­nor de­fi­cien­cies in­clud­ing sig­nage and a miss­ing smoke de­tec­tor are ad­dressed.

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