Windsor Fire Department executive saddened by West Hants decision

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Although contract negotiations between the Windsor Fire Department and Municipality of West Hants have stalled, the local firefighting force continues to provide service and mutual aid to rural residents.

We at the Windsor Fire Department are deeply distressed by the decision of the West Hants council last night, May 13.

We have provided quality service for over 60 years and have the numbers to show that our per civic address cost is lower than all the other departments that currently service West Hants. The motion last night was a shock as we were in the process of responding to the council’s letter and we have repeatedly requested the opportunity to sit down with West Hants Staff to negotiate a contract for continued fire service to West Hants.

The motion passed by West Hants council last night makes it clear to us that they had already made up their mind to terminate our relationship. We do not believe that this decision reflects the will of the residents that we have served for so many years.

All over Nova Scotia we are seeing municipalities dissolve and service costs rise. Now, more than ever, we think towns and municipalities should be looking at shared services for the benefit of the citizens. It saddens us that egos and personal politics seem to be guiding life-safety decisions.

Members of the Windsor Fire Department will be meeting in the coming days to decide upon our response to this decision now that West Hants has voted to end our fire service coverage for its residents.

 

 

Fire Chief Scott Burgess,

Windsor Fire Department Executive

Organizations: West Hants council, Windsor Fire Department, Windsor Fire Department Executive

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Windsor Fire Department

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  • Richard Wile
    May 18, 2014 - 05:21

    It is unfortunate that small town politics and individual's personal agenda has come to this. Vindictiveness could end up costing someone's life considering the geography. I was encouraged by the discussions of cooperation being shown by the town and the "county", at times like these they are critical to the survival of the town and environs. These petty acts are going to cause long-term damage that an already challenged region's ability to survive. Next thing Windsor will walk away from being a town.

  • buddy
    May 16, 2014 - 12:05

    i think they just want the town to burn down again.

  • Rob P
    May 15, 2014 - 15:33

    Disgusted with the petty minds calling the shots and putting residents safety at risk over the inability to work together.

  • Mark
    May 15, 2014 - 08:17

    Could we possibly have a more backward and inward focused group of Councillors in either Windsor or West Hants. In a era of fiscal prudence and declining rural populations the future is in shared services and effective cost control. The ONLY way forward is to tackle the real issue that exists which is does the current governance model support the future. Windsor and West Hants has been in decline for a number of years its time to elect a future thinking group of local leaders to plan for the next ten years. If we don't Windsor is economically doomed just get on with it and amalgamate if you cant share the same room we will vote in a group of people who can. Lets put Windsors decline in the past its time for new blood in the chair anyone agree !

  • Oscar
    May 14, 2014 - 19:45

    Mayor Paul Beazley pbeazley@town.windsor.ns.ca 902.798.2275 Councillor Laurie Murley lmurley@town.windsor.ns.ca 902.798.2275 Councillor Scott Geddes sgeddes@town.windsor.ns.ca 902.798.2275 or 902.792.8118 Deputy Mayor John Bregante jbregante@town.windsor.ns.ca 902.798.2275 Councillor Dave Seeley dseeley@town.windsor.ns.ca 902.798.2275 Make some noise Windsor, here's the contact info right from the directory page: http://www.town.windsor.ns.ca/contact-town-staff.html Tell your council how you feel about this decision!

    • Correction
      May 15, 2014 - 17:59

      Contact information for West Hants councillors can be found by going to the municipality's website: www.westhants.ca/council.html.

  • maxine Chandler
    May 14, 2014 - 18:01

    I share in your sadness ..Windsor fire department goes above & beyond ..this is a terrible decision West Hants is making..

  • Elizabeth
    May 14, 2014 - 16:33

    This is very disheartening considering the overwhelmingly negative community response. I hope they realize how hard it will be to find volunteers to staff this new department, which is just one of the many challenges that will be faced during this process.

  • mike
    May 14, 2014 - 14:51

    ** We need new people in there that are not just looking out for their own interests and on a giant power trip! Not one councillor that voted to cut ties with the WFD should find themselves with a seat on council next term! Just sayin... **One statement removed to comply with web commenting policy.

    • Greg
      May 14, 2014 - 17:28

      It's time for Richard to step down,he gone to far.

    • mona
      May 14, 2014 - 18:03

      AGREE,

    • JIMMYD
      May 14, 2014 - 21:03

      Mike, the ones who voted to separate are the ones who depend on other Fire Dept.'s for response to their property and one doesn't even own any property**. How does the residents of West Hants demand an election or is this even possible? It's time we removed these tyrants......... **Sentence modified to comply with web commenting policy