Posted on Wednesday May 1, 2019 at 11:44 a.m.
East Hawkesbury needs a new fire hall
East Hawkesbury Township has three fire halls to house
the equipment and gear for its volunteer firefighters, but the municipality
needs to either replace or rebuild at least one of those halls.
“We’ll go on as we are, but it’s gonna be a tight squeeze,” said Mayor Robert Kirby during a phone interview April 26.
The Saint-Eugène fire station used to be the village municipal garage. Until now it’s been adequate in its current role but the amount of storage space available for all the fire fighting equipment and gear is no longer adequate. For years since he was elected, Mayor Kirby has been trying without success to get either the provincial or the federal governments to include fire halls on their lists of infrastructure items eligible for funding aid.
“I think it’s a safety issue,” he said. “But it’s not part of the (senior government) infrastructure programs, and I can’t get it added on.”
Kirby intends to keep lobbying both levels of senior government to consider municipal fire halls as critical infrastructure items for funding aid. Meanwhile, the municipality will continue to make do with the Saint-Eugène fire hall situation until it can afford to look at either enlarging the existing structure or building a new village fire station.
“We have other (infrastructure) priorities we have to deal with first,” said Kirby.