The Windsor Fire Department and West Hants Municipality have come to an agreement to continue service while the two parties enter mediation talks.
The Windsor Fire Department and the Municipality of West Hants are inching closer to appointing a mediator to solve the fire services dispute.
However, they have yet to come to an agreement on who should be hired for the job.
“We haven't settled on a mediator yet,” confirmed West Hants' interim CAO Cathy Osborne earlier this week.
The official said the municipality put forth their recommendation and are hopeful the Windsor Fire Department’s executive will accept the candidate they selected.
“There were three names shortlisted and we have come up with our choice and we are waiting for them to come up with their choice,” said Osborne.
The municipality and WFD have been without a contract for more than four years. The issues between the two entities came to a head in 2014 when the WFD threatened to pull coverage to West Hants due to the municipality withholding funds and voting to create a new fire service to cover the area currently receiving protection by the WFD — among other issues.
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The two entities reached a tentative agreement June 26 that ensures citizens will remain protected by the WFD while mediation takes place.
“I think we're ticking along while we get the mediation process formalized. As soon as they're ready, we will go in and start talking,” said Osborne.
Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess was unavailable for comment as of press time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.