‘It’s really a frustration for us’
Safety concerns remain as Hantsport firefighters lobby council for new station
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.