Improved and faster service
Straits fire chief says new fire hall will benefit region
FLOWER’S COVE, NL – A new fire hall is going to make a big difference in the Straits, says the local fire chief.
On Oct. 21, Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce and St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore announced the NorPen Regional Service Board will receive funding to construct a new fire hall in Flower’s Cove to serve 13 communities from Anchor Point to Eddie’s Cove.
Straits Volunteer Regional Fire Department fire chief Hank Diamond says a new fire hall will improve response times and benefit everyone.
According to Diamond, having a space to train and to store equipment and trucks has always been an issue for the department.
For six or seven years, the department has been applying for capital works funding for a new building.
“This is the year, finally, it panned out,” said Diamond.
He calls the current fire hall “pretty congested.” Vehicles have been left outside due to lack of space.
“You know you’re not ready to respond (to an emergency) when you’re out in the elements and you’re snowed over and iced in,” Diamond explained. But in the proposed new fire hall, everything would be located in one building.
“This is going to be a Godsend for the region,” he said. “Our response time is going to improve because everything is going to be in one building and you can pick the equipment that you need.
“Right now, firefighters are going up, getting their gear, and then going off and getting the pick-up truck and coming back to the hall. People think we have good response times now – this is going to help big time.”
Diamond says a survey was completed last year and the site location, between the ESSO and the L&E Restaurant, was selected.
NorPen Regional Service Board now has to give final approval on the design of the building.