NGFS pushes forward with plan to build second fire station in Oxford Mills
The North Grenville Fire Service is pushing forward with its plan to build a second station in Oxford Mills. The fire service is currently borrowing space in the Public Works garage (pictured). Photo: Jennier Westendorp-Juice FM.
A second fire station is still in the works for the municipality. The North Grenville Fire Service (NGFS) is moving forward with its plan to build a second station in Oxford Mills.
The fire service keeps a pumper and tanker truck in the existing Public Works Garage, located behind Maplewood Hall. Trucks are kept in Oxford Mills to allow faster response times for emergencies.
Fire Chief John Okum says Public Works needs its space back. He says trucks are parked on angles to accommodate the pumper and tanker truck. Okum says the arrangement was a temporary measure.
The need for a second station was identified in the 2013 Fire Master Plan Study.
Okum says the plan was to attach the station to the existing garage. He says the cost would be high because the garage is not built to disaster resilient standards.
The new plan is to construct a separate structure to house the fire station. The municipality will have to acquire a small portion of neighbouring land to move forward. Okum says there have been preliminary discussions with land owners.
Money for the project will come from development fees.