BRUSSELS – The fire hall in Brussels is one step closer to expanding its facilities after Huron County council approved moving the project forward to the next phase, attaining formal, conceptual site plans.
Chief of Emergency Services Jeff Horseman told county council in a report that after several meetings with municipal staff, the option of building an addition to the fire hall was felt to be the best option.
The proposed addition will be located off the southeast portion of the current facility.
Horseman’s report said that Huron East would be expanding the fire apparatus bay area to include an additional 1.5 bays for fire services. Paramedic services would then have a crew area between the new fire apparatus bay and the southeast wall.
To the north of the paramedic crew area, two drive-thru paramedic vehicle bays will exit onto Princess Street.
The entrance for the new drive-thru fire and paramedic bays will be via a new laneway coming in off of George Street to the rear of the building.
Having two paramedic vehicle bays in Brussels will allow the on-duty vehicle plus one spare vehicle to be housed at the location.
Housing a spare vehicle in Brussels will help with storage issues identified in the ORH consultant report. In addition, it will help limit the vehicle space needed for Seaforth base in the future.
The proposed area for paramedics will include an office, medical supply storage room, training/meeting room, crew kitchen/living room, and washrooms/locker area.
According to the report, once the conceptual site plans are designed, an idea of construction costs will be known.
When construction estimates are available, Huron East and Huron County councils can decide if the project should move forward.
Huron East will cover the costing for the conceptual drawings; if the project moves forward, the recovery of a portion of the drawing costs could be built into the lease arrangement with the county.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times