‘It’s re­ally a frus­tra­tion for us’

Safety con­cerns re­main as Hantsport fire­fight­ers lobby coun­cil for new sta­tion

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UN­DER­HILL WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

With a re­port de­tail­ing mul­ti­ple safety con­cerns at the Hantsport Fire De­part­ment, fire­fight­ers are hop­ing West Hants coun­cil will fi­nally ap­prove the con­struc­tion of a new fire sta­tion.

A pre­sen­ta­tion on the state of the ex­ist­ing fire de­part­ment was brought for­ward to coun­cil ear­lier this year. An in­for­ma­tion re­port out­lin­ing the costs as­so­ci­ated with cre­at­ing a com­bined new fire sta­tion and pub­lic works de­part­ment in Hantsport was re­ceived Sept. 25.

While that re­port gen­er­ated nearly 30 min­utes of dis­cus­sion, a de­ci­sion wasn’t made on build­ing a new sta­tion.

The lack of move­ment on the project is lead­ing to frus­trated vol­un­teers, says one of the sta­tion’s long-serv­ing mem­bers.

“What we want coun­cil to do is to take it se­ri­ous,” said Hantsport’s deputy fire chief Paul May­nard.

“We’re pa­tient but I’m find­ing our mem­bers are get­ting a lit­tle im­pa­tient be­cause they’ve seen some other things move for­ward very quickly and I think that’s part of the prob­lem,” May­nard said.

Since the pro­posal to build a new Hantsport Fire De­part­ment was brought for­ward in the spring, West Hants coun­cil has ap­proved a new arena and the ad­di­tion of a soc­cer dome — a recre­ational project that car­ries a price tag of about $13 mil­lion.

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