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Sydney's new fire station to begin construction by December

In a matter of months, a long-awaited new fire station for Sydney will be under construction.

New facility will replace Whitney Pier, Ashby fire stations

Chris March, deputy fire chief, Cape Breton Regional Fire Service, shows a photo of the old Ashby fire station. A new fire station on Victoria Road will replace it, as well as the aging station in Whitney Pier. (CBC)

Construction of a long-awaited new fire station for Sydney will be underway by the end of the year, says the director of engineering for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

"The RFP (request for proposals) will be out in a matter of weeks," Wayne MacDonald said.

"That'll give the opportunity for the successful design-build contractors to put together a package. Once that's awarded, the process moves fairly quickly to get construction started."

MacDonald is hoping the work begins by early December.

The station will be located on Victoria Road, providing easy access to both Whitney Pier and Ashby neighbourhoods. The Ashby firehouse was torn down several years ago after mould was discovered. The current Whitney Pier station is old and would need costly upgrades.

Bernie MacKinnon, director of fire services for CBRM, said the new station will revitalize fire service for the area.

Big improvements

"It's going to provide a building that meets all the new codes. We're going to have a good area for response in the community and support from a regional perspective."

Deputy Fire Chief Chris March said the new station will have:

  • storage facilities for the rehab unit and mobile command unit
  • better facilities for wellness and fitness for firefighters
  • improved operational readiness
  • improved gender functionality
  • a decontamination area
  • training facilities

A road will be built behind the new station, enabling fire trucks to connect quickly with various parts of the city.

The original budget for Station 2, as it will be known, was $3.5 million but has been cut back to $2.6 million.

Three old former company houses on Victoria Road were demolished to make way for the new station.

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