Fire Chief Francis Morris was elated learn the province has committed budget money for the construction of a new multi-purpose facility.
He was especially pleased the facility, to be built in Bay St. George South, will include a new fire hall.
“This is great to hear as the community has been fundraising for our portion of it for some time now, and while we’re not quite there, we are getting there,” he said.
In partnership with the community, the provincial government is committing more than $1.4 million towards the project. Bay St. George South is contributing the remaining 10 per cent, or $140,000, of the project’s cost.
Morris said the site is ready for the new building, which is located next to the current location of the fire hall and Local Service District offices.
“It’s a well needed building as the current facility has seen its days,” he said.
The community has a new fire truck that won’t fit in the current fire hall, so the department has been keeping it in a former vegetable storehouse, loaned to the community by a resident.
While it’s not an ideal spot for a truck, Morris said the department didn’t have another option. He said it will be good to have all the equipment together in one building.
The Bay St. George South Volunteer Fire Department has 14 steady firefighters, as well as others who are available when home from working outside the province.
The announcement of the new facility was made on Sunday in McKays by Steve Kent, Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs.
“It is important that these brave women and men have the proper facilities they need to do their job,” said Kent in a prepared release.
The fire hall will have a two-bay garage to service three vehicles. In 2012, the government provided $120,000 for engineering design work.