Greenwich Fire Station spared after Kings County Council suspended closure plans
The Municipality of Kings County, Nova Scotia, backtracked and voted to suspend its plan to close the Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department at a council meeting Thursday night.
After hearing from the public, Mayor Peter Muttart said the council had changed its plans to close the station and turn over its assets to the Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department in two weeks.
“With their consent, we’re actually going to hit the restart button,” Muttart said in a press release. He said the council would take a fresh look at how the area is protected by firefighters.
The council faced backlash when it announced the move before speaking to the fire station. Muttart said the council then held open sessions about the fire station.
Two main themes emerged, he said: that the Greenwich station remains open until a new replacement station is built and operational; and that the location of this station be made public well before the fire department makes any other changes.
The release said the municipality expects the town of Wolfville and the Greenwich Fire Commission to agree to the change. The city and the commission had supported the decision to close Greenwich station.
Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan said they would discuss the move at Tuesday’s council meeting. CBC News was unable to reach the three-person fire commission.
Fire chief relieved
Jason Ripley, chief of the Greenwich Fire Station, said he’s glad his department will live past the proposed April 1 closing date.
But he said he was disappointed the fire department was not listed as a stakeholder in the motion.
“We believe that any future discussion of a new fire station for both districts must include both fire departments to ensure that the talents of volunteers from both positions can be harnessed to provide the best possible service to the area” , Ripley said in a press release. .
He said his volunteer service thanked community members who had supported them over the past two weeks. He said any future changes would require community support before being announced.
He said they would speak to their attorney about “appropriate next steps” for their lawsuit calling for a judicial inquiry into the decision to close the department.