A new municipal building in Cape St. George will help emergency services crews work even better together, says Nadine Tallack, a paramedic with the town’s ambulance service, and fire Chief Lawrence Chaisson.
Both said the town’s departments work well together responding to different types of emergencies.
“The firefighters are always there to assist us and we’re (ambulance personnel) always there to assist them when called upon,” Tallack said. “No matter what time the pager goes off, we’re all ready to respond.”
The new emergency services building was officially opened Monday afternoon. Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien, MHA Tony Cornect and Cape St. George Mayor Peter Fenwick attended.
Fenwick said almost $200,000 was spent in federal and provincial government money to upgrade the building, a former bus garage. The money came through a $70,000 job creation project, which provided $15,000 in materials with the remainder spent on labour.
The rest of the money, about $100,000, came through gas taxes that went to the community.
“This is money well spent and seeing things like this take place in rural communities are the things that make you happy,” O’Brien said.
With a fire department of 19 members and a fairly large truck, Chaisson said the former facilities in the town hall were not quite big enough. He said the new facility has lots of room for equipment, which includes the fire truck and a supporting van — the town’s former ambulance — in addition to the current cube-van ambulance. The fire department covers an area from Cape St. George to Lower Cove mines, and at times beyond that in the event of vehicle accidents.
Tallack said the ambulance personnel did have a few concerns when they first moved into the building, but they were quickly addressed, including upgraded bathroom and storage room facilities.
“Whatever we asked for (the town council) provided,” she said.
Cornect said he was very pleased to see the collaborative effort between the provincial and federal governments and the Town of Cape St. George on this new municipal building.
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