Raising the alarm: the proposed merger of some aging departments of the CBRM raises concerns
PORT MORIEN, NS – Port Morien Fire Chief James Bates is sounding the alarm on a deliberate idea to shut down four rural fire departments in the MRCB in favor of a central facility.
“One of the services we provide is first-aid medical service, so with an aging population, seconds count. It’s not a matter of minutes or anything, it’s seconds, ”Bates explains.
Chief Bates said in a Wednesday night meeting with the regional fire departments, the idea was presented to merge the departments of Donkin, Birch Grove, Tower Road and Port Morien and build a station to serve all communities.
But Bates says the service area is too large and would potentially put lives at risk.
“If we have to travel any distance to reach a vehicle to get us to this emergency, it is likely that we will pass an ambulance on our way to get to an equipment instead of responding to the actual scene. an impact, ”he says.
Area CBRM advisor James Edwards said the idea was not yet set in stone.
“One of the things that came out of yesterday’s meeting is that we’re going to be soliciting comments from the public,” he said.
With aging facilities in some communities, the city says the purpose of Wednesday’s roundtable was to come up with ideas for improving services.
They say leadership listens to volunteer services and makes sure that the lines of communication are open.
While merging isn’t the only idea, it’s an idea Bates says his community won’t stand up for.
“One thing I’ve learned in the past is that this community is united, I can’t see Port Morien, Donkin, Birch Grove or Tower Road just stand by and let this happen,” Bates said. .
There is currently no date set for decision making.