Holy­rood ap­proves mo­tion to ex­pand fire pro­tec­tion bound­aries to Old Wit­less Bay Line area

Coun­cil ex­pects ar­range­ment would pro­vide more rev­enue for fire depart­ment

The Compass - - Community Calendar - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Holy­rood has of­fi­cially signed off on an ex­pan­sion of its fire pro­tec­tion and ac­ci­dent re­sponse bound­aries in or­der to serve the Old Wit­less Bay Line area.

At the Tues­day, Nov. 13 coun­cil meet­ing, a mo­tion for the ser­vice boundary ex­pan­sion was ap­proved. Ac­cord­ing to Coun. Jim Joy, who in­tro­duced the mo­tion, there was a plan years ago for Holy­rood to ser­vice this area along with Sal­monier Line, Mid­dle Gull Pond and the Tran­sCanada High­way, be­fore it was in­di­cated that the Town of Wit­less Bay would han­dle the Old Wit­less Bay Line. The Old Wit­less Bay Line is ap­prox­i­mately 12 kilo­me­tres in length and runs along­side Wit­less Bay Line. It serves as an ac­cess road to Gull Pond.

When the Town of Wit­less Bay’s ser­vice for Old Wit­less Bay Line fell through, Joy said NL911 re­quested that the Holy­rood Fire Depart­ment re­spond to calls in the area. Deputy Mayor Cur­tis Buckle noted the town’s fire depart­ment has been re­spond­ing to calls in the area al­ready for some time.

Un­der the new ar­range­ment, Joy said the Town of Holy­rood would be paid per prop­erty within the ex­panded boundary area.

Coun. Kevin Costello called the boundary ex­pan­sion great news.

“I think it speaks highly to the cal­i­bre of the fire­fight­ers we have,” he said.

“The will­ing­ness of the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment to ex­tend the fire pro­tec­tion and emer­gency re­sponse to the old Wit­less Bay Line in ad­di­tion to the ar­eas by the town now be­ing ser­viced, it shows a true com­mit­ment of our vol­un­teer fire depart­ment,” added Joy.

Holy­rood CAO Gary Cor­bett told The Com­pass in an email the town must now go through an ap­pli­ca­tion process in con­junc­tion with the Eastern Re­gional Ser­vice Board to pro­vide the ser­vice. He said the town was not in a po­si­tion to ad­dress ques­tions about how many house­holds the ex­pan­sion would en­com­pass and what they’d be charged for fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices.


The Town of Holy­rood has ap­proved a mo­tion that could pave the way for an ex­pan­sion of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fire pro­tec­tion and ac­ci­dent re­sponse bound­aries.


Holy­rood Coun. Jim Joy

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