The Windsor Fire Department's membership is derived of town and county residents. If West Hants follows through with plans to terminate its service with the WFD, the county firefighters will still be welcome to stay on in Windsor.
Firefighters living in West Hants and serving the Windsor Fire Department have been assured they may stay on with Windsor regardless of what plays out in the municipality.
In light of West Hants council's move to sever ties with the Windsor Fire Department, questions have been circulating in the community about who would staff the municipality's proposed new fire department. There was talk of WFD members leaving to join the new service, as well as discussion on whether a firefighter living in the county would be allowed to stay on with the WFD.
Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess cleared the air on the WFD's stance on the weekend.
“The Windsor Fire Department is not going anywhere,” said Burgess. “The Windsor Fire Department Society is a society that serves citizens of Windsor and West Hants and have for many, many years.”
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As such, Burgess said, if West Hants council continues with their plans to sever ties, the department will right-size its equipment to accommodate the smaller coverage area. However, Burgess said the vast majority of the membership will be staying put.
“If our service to West Hants ceases, our firefighters are all welcome to stay on,” he said, noting it is a question firefighters have been asking.
Burgess said council's decision has put off several of the WFD members who were on the fence.
“What this last move has done is drove our firefighters closer together,” said Burgess. “We now have firefighters who might have been looking at... shifting over, and they're (now) saying this is ridiculous.”