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Work begins for Casselman’s fire hall

Casselman Mayor Daniel Lafleur (left) and Patrick Brasseau of McDonald Brothers Construction together hold the ceremonial shovel for the official ground-breaking May 29 at the Brebeuf Street site for the new municipal fire hall. Construction of the $3 million facility begins this summer with the goal of having the building finished and ready for occupancy next year. — photo Gregg Chamberlain
Casselman Mayor Daniel Lafleur (left) and Patrick Brasseau of McDonald Brothers Construction together hold the ceremonial shovel for the official ground-breaking May 29 at the Brebeuf Street site for the new municipal fire hall. Construction of the $3 million facility begins this summer with the goal of having the building finished and ready for occupancy next year.
photo Gregg Chamberlain
Mayor Daniel Lafleur took great satisfaction in picking up a shovel for the official groundbreaking ceremony for Casselman’s new municipal fire hall.

“Satisfied, and pleased for our firefighters,” said Mayor Lafleur, during an interview following the May 29 morning event. “It’s going to be a safe and efficient fire hall for our volunteer firefighters.”

The site for new fire hall is on Brebeuf Street, a block away from the Eglise Sainte-Euphémie. The building will replace the current fire station on St-Joseph Street, which is too small for the needs of the community’s volunteer fire department.

“Backing up one of the trucks inside, they’d be right up against the (back) wall,” said Fire Chief Alain Ménard, describing the cramped quarters of the existing fire hall. “We’ve managed with the space we have.”

The new building, once completed, will be spacious enough to accommodate all the fire trucks, plus offer a work space area inside for tasks like cleaning the bunker gear or doing training exercises.

Construction of the new fire hall will cost about $3 million, with the municipality using $500,000 from its reserve funds and including the remaining cost in its current capital budget. McDonald Brothers Construction is contracted to build the facility, which should be ready for occupancy next year.