Upper Stewiacke fire hall renovation opens up more space for brigades trucks

Harry Sullivan
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UPPER STEWIACKE - Volunteer fire-fighters here now have a bit of elbowroom when working in their bays.
A recent $350,000 renovation to the community fire hall saw a 60 ft. by 40 ft. addition constructed at the facility, which means that all four trucks can now be stored with room to spare for maintenance or repairs.
"They were all jammed in there before," Chief Randy O'Connell said, of the department's trucks. "But, now, we can store them in there comfortably. It's a great addition, great workmanship and it'll be a great asset to the community."
The brigade received a $250,000 grant from the Emergency Provider Fund and borrowed an additional $100,000 for the renovations. That money will also enable the firefighters to purchase new bunker gear, grassfire-fighting coveralls and other
equipment.
But, because the brigade will be receiving a $40,000 rebate, that money will be applied directly to the loan, O'Connell said.
An open house is scheduled for Oct. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. to give the public an opportunity to view the new facilities.
The event is being held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.

Organizations: Emergency Provider Fund

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