Sunday’s Grand opening of Augusta Township’s new Fire Hall Station in Maitland was… grand!
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
Augusta Township’s Grand Opening of Fire Station #1 in Maitland on Sunday October 6th was a great success with more than 250 visitors present during the opening ceremonies and more than 350 visitors who toured the facilities. We were honoured to have MPP Steve Clark, Tawnya Roberts from the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) present to congratulate the Township on the new structure and to tour Fire Station 1. Deputy Chief Chad Davis acted as master of ceremonies and, in addition to introducing speakers, provided highlights of our Fire Department’s history. His historical anecdotes were sprinkled between speakers who also included me, Deputy Mayor Shaver and Chief Rob Bowman. Chief Bowman commented on the history on the planning, design, project management and construction and thanked firefighters, municipal staff, project managers, Contractor Bourgon and former Deputy Mayors George Elliot and Bill Buckler for their contribution to the construction of our new Fire Station #1 in Maitland. He similarly cited and thanked firefighters who assisted in the development and adoption of Augusta Township’s new Fire Master Plan.
I noted that, when in 2014, it became evident that the Township would have to replace its former Station #1 Fire Hall, the Municipality saw the opportunity for developing a fire master plan that would guide us in the future. In addition to calling for a new Fire Hall, the Master Fire Plan modernizes: how the fire department functions and operates internally; how the Township exercises its due diligence responsibilities to the community related to fire prevention and suppression, and how the municipality exercises its due diligence responsibilities to our firefighters related to their occupational health and safety and labour rights. This new fire hall also signals a clear change of direction in the Township towards a better life – work balance in our fire department which hopefully will motive more people to become involved as volunteer firefighters.
I also observed that great work requires the efforts, dedication and determination of many and echoed Chief Bowman thanks to fire fighters, members of Council who visited and toured other fire halls in comparable municipalities, sat on steering committees involved in the design and specification of the fire hall building and remained involved during the construction phase. I also thanked Consultant Ted Darby who led work on the Fire Master Plan and assisted in design and construction phase of the Fire Hall and echoed Chief Bowman’s thanks to our two former Deputy Mayors, George Elliott and Bill Buckler who played a major role on the project.
Deputy Mayor Shaver also thanked those who assisted in the development of the Township’s Fire Master Plan and in the planning, design, and construction of the new Fire Hall, including his predecessors former Deputy Mayors George Elliot and Bill Buckler for their contributions.
Following speeches, Augusta Firefighters were on hand to provide guided tours and provide information on their new building, trucks and fire extinguisher tutor. The grand opening of Fire Station #1 was made to correspond with fire prevention month and Fire Mascot, Sparky was on hand to help educate children and adults on the importance of Fire Safety. The event also unveiled the new conference table that was designed and constructed by two firefighters, Maynard and Vicky Vandervelde. It is an absolutely stunning piece that helps showcase some of our history.
Great thanks to all who attended the grand opening and special thanks to our Firefighters who stand ready day and night to help those in need.
On a separate note, the Augusta Business of the Year Breakfast will be held November 1, 2019, 8am at the Grenville Snowmobile Club. Please register prior to the event with the Jeannette Johnston at the Small Business Enterprise Centre 613-342-8772. Nominations are still being accepted until 4 pm on October 11, 2019. If your business, or you know a business who is a deserving, please forward your nomination form to email@example.com.