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by Doug Harvey
Time To Speak Up Or Lose It

When the long-awaited new Central Elgin Master Fire Plan 2016 was presented by its authors, T.L. Powell Associates Ltd., at the Central Elgin council meeting of February 29, 2016. I never thought that some of those far reaching recommendations would start to be implemented so quickly.

Number three in the Master Fire Plan recommendations report is " that the summer Life Guard program be transferred to the Central Elgin Fire Rescue ".

In the Central Elgin council meeting of March 29, 2016, CAO 20-16 - Beach Patrol - Council approved a resolution approving the transfer.

Number twelve in the Master Fire Plan recommendations report is " that the practical training location be given the financial support of the municipality to ensure the Fire Fighters can function in all aspects of the fire rescue operations.

In the Central Elgin council meeting of March 29, 2016, FS 05-16 - Training Building - Council referred this proposal to the 2016 Budget and authorized Chief Crocker to find community partnerships. It is estimated that the total cost of the Training Building project will be in the area of $100,000.00 and with community partnerships less than $50,000.00.

Number one in the Master Fire Plan recommendations report is " that the Port Stanley Fire Station be relocated to a location providing easy access to the Warren Street Bridge. It is further recommended that the station be constructed to house a minimum of four(4) fire trucks with drive through accessibility.

Easy access to the Warren Street Bridge just seems to point to only one spot in Port Stanley. The Master Fire Plan recommendation does not give an exact address, but Selbourne Park seems to be the most likely location that would fill the needs of a new fire station. This park is the most popular park in Port Stanley, it has played that important role in the Port Stanley community for many years, and it would be a shame for it to be only a memory. I think it's "Time To Speak Up Or Lose It!"


Last Updated: Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:23:11 PM EST

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