New fire hall eyed for Scotland

New fire hall eyed for Scotland
By Michael-Allan Marison
Brantford Expositor
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The Brant County fire department wants to continue an ambitious program of constructing buildings, improving services and making equipment upgrades in its 2018 capital budget.
Fire Chief Mike Seth told council's committee of the whole overseeing the 2018 budget process that his department is looking for a capital budget of $1.87 million.
Among the big-ticket items needed, he said, are:
$1 million for a new fire hall in Scotland. It would be paid for by a $750,000 debenture and $250,000 in development charges;
$325,000 to replace a tanker at the Burford fire hall;
$200,000 toward communications system upgrades;
$100,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus;
$100,000 for apparatus upgrades;
$80,000 for new auto extraction equipment.
Those are the latest requests in the Brant fire plan's progress.
In his presentation, Seth told councillors he is grateful his department was able to acquire this year two new rescue trucks for Mount Pleasant and Paris and acquire a modern $700,000 communications system with 240 new hand-held units, dispatch and repeater towers.
"The order went in last week and we're hoping to go live shortly," he said in an interview.
"It will enhance our ability to fight fires. It will increase radio coverage to about 97 per cent of the county, up from 90 per cent to 92 per cent."
The department is proposing an operating budget of $2.89 million, that's up $118,614 - or 5.3 per cent - over this year's budget of $2.74 million. If approved, it would have an impact of $2.65 million on the levy.
The cost would be defrayed by provincial grants, fees and service charges of $237,308.
Among the major expenditures are:
 $1.21 million for fire administration;
$1.03 million for the whole firefighting force;
$344,371 for fire prevention and suppression;
$290,000 for fire station upgrades.
The budget presentation has some unmet needs that have not been factored in the budget.
They are:
A full-time assistant chief for training at a cost of $116,987;
A shared emergency management position with the City of Brantford at a cost of $91,000. It would allow for the creation of separate plans designed to work together when a community emergency occurs. The request emerged from a discussion between the CAOs of the city and the county, along with the fire chiefs of the two municipalities.

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