Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove looking to neighbour for fire services
The town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove will decide at the end of September whether or not it will keep its volunteer fire department.
Mayor John Kennedy put forward a notice of motion on Sept. 9 to create a formal agreement with the St. John's Regional Fire Department that would see the the capital city provide 100 per cent service to the town.
The town has been reviewing its fire services provided by their volunteer fire department, and commissioned independent consultants to look at the current service.
Kennedy said the problem doesn't lie with the cost of operating the fire department — but rather with the low number of volunteers who show up to fight fires.
"Basically there's a standard set. They want a minimum of six people responding to a call," Kennedy said.
"Unfortunately our volunteers couldn't meet that number at all times."
The community, which lies on the outskirts of St. John's, currently has part-time fire and emergency service provided by the capital city.
If council choses to have full-time fire fighting service with St. John's, the town will have to pay about $130,000 a year.
Council will vote on the notice of motion on Sept. 23.
The volunteer fire department has been running in the community for over 15 years.