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Consecon welcomes new fire hall – on time and under budget

The announcement of the new Consecon Fire Hall being on time and under budget brought applause and cheers from a large crowd attending the grand opening of the project Thursday night.

County residents joined County officials and the Prince Edward County Fire Department for the official dedication ceremony, open house and barbecue at the new facility.

Despite unexpected challenges related to the project site and design, the build was completed at a cost of $1.7 million – approximately $200,000 under the estimated project cost.

Fire Chief Scott Manlow said the congratulations for effective project management goes to Martha Juarez, MHPM Project Management, who oversaw the project. The construction of the hall in Consecon was a recommendation of the Master Fire Plan Working Committee in 2012, aiming to address aging infrastructure and to improve the department’s long-term sustainability.

firefighters-to-beThe new home for Division 6 (Hillier and Consecon and Wellington) includes four bays, training facilities and office space. The two older stations in Hillier and Consecon are closed.

The site has been operational for two weeks since Division Commander Dan Bakker ceremoniously backed the fire truck into the station.

Manlow noted the facility’s capacity will support efficient operations by housing all necessary equipment in one building, saving valuable time in an emergency situation.

“We are tremendously pleased to officially open the new Consecon Fire Hall,” the chief told the crowd. “The new facility will ensure our firefighters can continue to provide effective emergency response to the entire Hillier community for many years to come.”

“We have found that our chief is a very passionate, very committed individual when it comes to the essential service of fire protection in Prince Edward County and we’re fortunate to have a chief that has the staff and the support that he has and we’re very proud of that,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff.  “I am thrilled to be part of the celebrations today, officially dedicating the new Consecon Fire Hall and recognizing this important milestone of the Master Fire Plan.”
plaqueFire Chief Scott Manlow watches as Don Koroscil, from Fire Marshal’s office, presents a plaque honouring the opening to Mayor Robert Quaiff.
Linda Downey, spouse of firefighter Bob Downey, presented the department a statue in honour of the new hall “in thanks for their dedication and faithfulness and all they do in our communities to keep us safe.”

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