Mahone Bay Town Council Approves Fire Hall
June 10, 2021
Mahone Bay, NS – The Town of Mahone Bay and the Mahone Bay Fire Department Society are moving forward with plans to replace the old fire hall on Kinburn Street.
On September 8th, 2020 the Town awarded the contract to design and build the new Mahone Bay Fire Station to Roscoe Construction Limited. Work is now well underway on the new station, located behind the old hall.
At the same meeting, Town Council approved an application for Federal and Provincial funding to replace the existing hall – attached to the old station – with a more energy efficient extension on the new station, on the urging of Mahone Bay & District Volunteer Fire Department volunteers.
With no confirmation of Federal or Provincial funds to date, the Town Council has reached an Agreement with the Society to proceed with the new hall – estimated to cost an additional $1 million dollars - to be largely financed by volunteer fundraising activities.
The Agreement between the Town and the Fire Department Society to build the new hall recognizes the contributions of the volunteers and sets the stage for sustainable fire service operations into the future.
Mayor David Devenne stated: "The Town Council is pleased to be able to move forward with the fire hall extension on our new fire station, in cooperation with the volunteers of the Mahone Bay and District Volunteer Fire Department. We are grateful for the commitment of our volunteer firefighters to serving our community, and investments such as the new station and hall will serve the Department and the community for decades to come."
The fire hall extension will support volunteer fundraising activities which provide revenue for the purchase of needed equipment, trucks, etc., in addition to taxes and donations. The extension will also expand the new building’s emergency capacity, allowing it to serve as a full-fledged emergency shelter for Mahone Bay and area. Work on the hall should be substantially completed in the winter of 2022.
For interviews or more information, contact:
Mayor David Devenne
If you live in the Service Area for the Mahone Bay and District Fire Department, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5MMDNMG and tell us which colour the new fire station should be!
The survey will only be open for a week so be sure to let us know your preference!
Mayor David Devenne and Fire Chief Richard Nowe each removed a ceremonial shovel full of earth on September 29, 2020 as the official start of the construction of Mahone Bay’s new fire station.
The $3.4 million, five-bay, fire station will serve the 3500 – 4000 residents in and around Mahone Bay who receive fire protection from the Mahone Bay and District Volunteer Fire Department. The new fire station will improve safety conditions for the volunteer fire fighters, provide a comfort centre for Mahone Bay and area residents during emergencies, and provide a more economical and environmental conscious building for fire services.
“The job that a firefighter does today is far more complex than it was 62 years ago when the current fire station was built,” said Mayor Devenne. “Firefighters need the right facility to do the job. I believe that Council has made the right decision and that the time is right for this project.”
The target opening for the new station is November 2021, which will coincide with the Mahone Bay and District Volunteer Fire Department centennial celebrations.
For more information on the Fire Station Build, see the special Fire Station newsletter.
Check your mail for the Fire Station newsletter for all the details.
The sod-turning will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 29th behind the current fire station!