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Fire protection service improvement

East Hawkesbury Township needs new fire halls that are designed and built to accommodate trucks and other firefighting equipment. The municipality has tried without success before to get senior government infrastructure funding to replace its current fire halls but that may change if the current pandemic forces both the provincial and federal governments to recognize small community fire halls as an essential service — archives
East Hawkesbury Township needs new fire halls that are designed and built to accommodate trucks and other firefighting equipment. The municipality has tried without success before to get senior government infrastructure funding to replace its current fire halls but that may change if the current pandemic forces both the provincial and federal governments to recognize small community fire halls as an essential service
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The current pandemic is seeing more appreciation for the work of emergency service staff and that could help get money for new fire halls for East Hawkesbury Township.

“There is money out there,” said Mayor Robert Kirby during an April 9 interview. “What’s needed is to look at those who need it.”

East Hawkesbury Township has fire halls for the villages of St-Anne-de-Prescott, St-Eugène, and Chute-à-Blondeau. None of them, however, are adequate to the needs of the township.

“The one in St-Anne is an old school house,” Mayor Kirby pointed out. He further explained that the other community fire halls also have shortcomings.

The municipality has applied before without success for senior government funding aid to build new fire halls with room enough for trucks and other equipment. Mayor Kirby noted during a previous interview that small community fire halls did not get priority as an essential need for either provincial or federal infrastructure grants but he hopes that may change.

“Maybe when this (pandemic) is all over,” said Kirby, “they (senior governments) will show some willingness now.”