Building with an eye to the future
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