Mun­son fire department cel­e­brates hall open­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

Af­ter months of de­lay due to the Star­land County of­fice fire in May, the Mun­son Fire Department hosted their grand open­ing of the new fire hall. Vol­un­teer fire­man Darcy Lan­don took the op­por­tu­nity to show off the department’s fire truck to his daugh­ter Brook­lyn, 2.

The Mun­son Fire Department hosted their pub­lic open­ing on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8 af­ter wait­ing months to move into their brand new fire hall.

De­spite the hall be­ing fin­ished on May 22, the Mun­son department had to re­lin­quish pos­ses­sion af­ter only three days, when the Star­land County of­fices went up in flames on May 25, to make tem­po­rary room for the of­fice staff who were dis­placed.

Now back in full pos­ses­sion of their new hall, the vil­lage’s fire department mem­bers were happy to re­turn to en­joy the lux­ury of the new build­ing.

“It’s more than we could ever have dreamed,” said fire chief Steve Wannstrom at the event. “It’s pretty spec­tac­u­lar.”

The new hall has three bays as well as a train­ing room space and a truck wa­ter fill sta­tion. The build­ing will also dou­ble as an Emer­gency Op- er­a­tions Cen­tre in the case of a lo­cal emer­gency, as it now has a backup gen­er­a­tor in the event of an power out­age.

Wannstrom said the new build­ing makes the department, con­sist­ing of vol­un­teers, im­por­tant be­cause “it makes it some­where they want to be” and helps re­tain staff.

The project was funded by both Star­land County and funds from the pro­vin­cial Mu­nic­i­pal Sus­tain­abil­ity Ini­tia­tive grant, to­talling about $2.7 mil­lion.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

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