New washer and dryer, more open space and a dedicated office area. No, this isn’t a description of your next home renovation, rather these are some of the improvements coming to the fire station in St-Isidore.
Other renovations include separate showers—if women were to join the department—suit storage and a small kitchen, as well as the ability to set up an emergency operations centre.
At The Nation municipality’s latest council meeting, Tobias Hovey, the fire chief, said the renovations are currently quoted around $200,000. He added that there is currently about $170,000 in reserves, but that he’s aiming to keep the total cost closer to the $150,000 mark.
To do so he’ll be open tenders for the various work that needs to be done.
He hopes to renovate the station in St-Albert as well with a larger meeting space at a cost around $10,000.
In a follow-up email, Hovey said the department is pushing for cleanliness.
“Our long-term plan is to have every firefighter who, during a call, is in contact with smoke and fire-related gases to go home to their families as clean as when they responded to the call,” he wrote.