Build­ing with an eye to the fu­ture

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eas­ily add on to the struc­ture should the need arise. An ad­di­tion would trans­form the build­ing into a three-bay sta­tion.

“If we were to put another bay on, we would have a six-bay at the end of it,” said Os­borne. “Three times what we needed.”

Os­borne said the fire hall will have two drive­ways – one lead­ing in, the other lead­ing out – in or­der “to fa­cil­i­tate if we have to do any road­work in their drive­way. We’re try­ing to be as thought­ful to any im­pact to the ser­vice as pos­si­ble.”

The fire sub­sta­tion takes up a small por­tion of the 14-acre par­cel of land that the pre­vi­ous coun­cil pur­chased for $500,000 – well above the ask­ing ap­praised value.

As of press time, the fi­nal lo­ca­tion of the drive­way was still pend­ing ap­proval from the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal.

Os­borne said the plan is to have the wa­ter and sewer lines run ad­ja­cent to the drive­way so that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can ac­cess the back por­tion of the prop­erty when it’s time to de­velop it.

“We’re build­ing it so that if we were to de­velop the other facil- ity, we will not im­pede the fire depart­ment’s op­er­a­tion,” said Os­borne.

War­den Abra­ham Ze­bian said peo­ple are pleased with the ser­vice they’re re­ceiv­ing from West Hants’ fire­fight­ers and, from what he’s heard, are also happy with what’s be­ing planned for the Three Mile Plains site.

“I think the key is peo­ple know that they are pro­tected to­day, they’ll be pro­tected to­mor­row, and they’ll be pro­tected in the fu­ture,” said Ze­bian.

As for Fal­mouth, where ex­perts rec­om­mended the mu­nic­i­pal­ity add another fire sub­sta­tion, Os­borne said noth­ing has been de­cided. When asked if the mu­nic­i­pal­ity may con­tract the area back to the Windsor Fire Depart­ment, Os­borne re­it­er­ated that noth­ing has been de­cided. Fal­mouth only re­ceives about 25 calls per year.

“At this time, we’re re­ceiv­ing very good ser­vice from the Gar­lands Cross­ing and the Hantsport Fire Depart­ment. There’s no is­sues there at all,” she said.

A mid­dle- aged man was en route to the hospi­tal around 11 p. m. April 28 af­ter fall­ing over­board on a fish­ing trip.

“The last I checked, he was sta­ble and en route to hospi­tal for fur­ther as­sess­ment,” said Hantsport Deputy Fire Chief Paul May­nard in a phone in­ter­view fol­low­ing a res­cue near the Half­way River.

May­nard said the ini­tial call for as­sis­tance came in about 9: 10 p. m. for a miss­ing man who had been fish­ing on David­son Lake. It was the same area where fire­fight­ers re­sponded on April 20. In that cir­cum­stance, the fish­er­man was lo­cated but had died.

“It was very much déjà vu from what we had last week,” said May­nard of the ini­tial call.

Un­der­stand­ing the ter­rain and the chal­lenges of ac­cess­ing the lake, Windsor and Brook­lyn fire­fight­ers were called in to as­sist Hantsport. Both de­part­ments have rough ter­rain ve­hi­cles and Windsor is equipped with a res­cue boat.

“We made our way up to David­son Lake and we were told once we got up there that the in­di­vid­ual who called it in got mixed up and it wasn’t at David­son Lake but it was down be­hind the wa­ter treat­ment plant on the Half­way River on the Bish­opville Road,” said May­nard.

The fire­fight­ers then changed di­rec­tion and made their way to the wa­ter treat­ment plant. May­nard said the fam­ily ex­plained that the miss­ing per­son, who was in his 50s, had gone fish­ing at 2 p. m. and was due to meet them at 8: 30 p. m. to be picked up.

“When they re­turned, he wasn’t where he was sup­posed to be. The fam­ily con­ducted an ini­tial search of the area,” said May­nard, not­ing there is a steep em­bank­ment near Hantsport’s wa­ter treat­ment plant.

“The fam­ily had gone down there and re­al­ized they were los­ing light very quickly and de­cided that they had bet­ter call for some help.”

Fire­fight­ers, don­ning wa­ter res­cue suits, combed the shore­line and another crew went out onto the wa­ter. South­west Hants fire­fight­ers were also called in to help with the search, and the Wolfville Fire Depart­ment pro­vided back up.

“I can’t stress enough the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of all of our fire de­part­ments,” said May­nard. “All de­part­ments have unique re­sources in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Windsor has a boat and RTV, Brook­lyn has an RTV. They’ve been very help­ful in the last week to have those tools to use. It’s a great mu­tual aid sys­tem.”

The miss­ing fish­er­man was lo­cated about an hour into the search.

“When they found him, he was quite hy­pother­mic, com­pletely soaked, so they got him into some blan­kets and into a Stokes bas­ket and we used a haul­ing sys­tem and sev­eral crew mem­bers to get him up over the hill to the paramedics that were on scene,” said May­nard.

“It was res­cue.”

May­nard said the fish­er­man told the fire­fight­ers that he had fallen out of the ca­noe and swam to shore.

While fish­ing and hik­ing are all pop­u­lar spring ac­tiv­i­ties, May­nard said it’s im­por­tant to take the proper pre­cau­tions be­fore head­ing out into the wilder­ness.

“Make sure you have your route planned out. Whether it’s fish­ing or hik­ing, make sure peo­ple know where you’re go­ing and have a des­ig­nated meet­ing point, which he did and I think that ul­ti­mately re­sulted in a suc­cess­ful find and res­cue.” a very suc­cess­ful

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