Cumberland Looks to Long Term Fire Service
The Municipality of Cumberland is considering a major change in the structure of the county’s fire service.
Instead of 16 community based fire departments, consultants recommended four “hub” departments and twelve “local” departments.
The county struck a committee last week to review the thousand page report and its hundreds of recommendations. The committee met for the first time yesterday when they discussed the hub concept.
The four hub departments are Pugwash, Springhill, and Parrsboro, currently the three largest and busiest in Cumberland, along with Shinimicas which is considered the best equipped in the county, thanks to rebuilding after a fire that wiped out the former fire hall and all its equipment.
Mayor Murray Scott says, “The primary focus of the proposed hub model is to sustain and improve fire services throughout the municipality and reduce the administrative burdens on the fire departments. It will also standardise levels of service, equipment, and training.”
The hub departments would serve as support centres to the local departments for logistics and training.
The hub model also contemplates the creation of a new municipal fire chief position and an administrator, who would oversee the functioning of the fire departments within the municipality and eliminate most of the administrative duties burdening individual fire chiefs.
Committee members includes Mayor Murray Scott (chair), CAO Greg Herrett, director of protective services Allen Cole, councillors from District 1 Fred Gould, District 4 Kathy Redmond, District 5 Angel McCormick, and District 7 Dale Porter, as well as the fire chiefs from the four hubs.
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