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New Fire Hall Now Operational

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Cumberland is celebrating the community’s new Fire Hall as it becomes operational as Cumberland Fire Rescue crews have moved apparatus and equipment to the new hall over the weekend.

“The fire hall had been slated for replacement for over 20 years, and I am very proud to see it built,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “The new fire hall will not only help keep our families safe from fire and other emergencies, it will also help fulfil our responsibility to keep our volunteer firefighters safe.”

A public celebration and tours will take place at a later time once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Cumberland Fire Rescue continue to follow strict COVID-19 protocols for its firefighter training program and it is important that firefighters’ health is not put at risk, for their and their families’ health, as well as for community safety.

Construction on the hall began about a year ago in March 2020 after the community approved borrowing for fire hall construction in the amount of $4.2 in late 2019. While all components of the hall are not yet complete, the project is expected to be completed within the total $4.2 million budget.

The new fire hall will resolve significant operational safety and structural issues at the existing facility, and will have the capacity to house modern equipment and space for safe personnel and apparatus preparation during a fire response. The post-disaster building will also serve as Cumberland’s emergency operations centre with the new building designed to withstand higher seismic forces that non-post disaster buildings.

The $4.2 million cost has been funded through borrowing, resulting in an increase in taxes for capital debt repayment and operating costs for the fire protection service. The tax amount will increase and decrease based on the value or your home and interest rates. Senior government grants are not available for fire hall construction or land acquisition.

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