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We support firehall in Williamstown

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  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm

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We agree with Airdrie City councilís decision to approve first reading of three bylaws that would redesignate lands in Williamstown to accommodate the construction of a firehall and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station. (See story on page 1).

Although we understand some residents in the Village are upset that their fire response time will decrease slightly, we think they need to look at the bigger picture.

Fire calls to the communities of Reunion and Williamstown are currently not meeting standard response times. It takes an average of seven minutes and 13 seconds for firefighters to get to a fire in these communities. The standard response time is six minutes and 50 seconds.

The relocation of the Main Street firehall will not leave downtown residents without fire coverage and it will not increase the response time to more than the standard. In fact, according to Airdrie Fire Department Chief Kevin Weinberger, areas in the core will have a response time of about three minutes, two more than it takes now but still well within the standard response time.

Our city is growing. It is as simple as that and with growth comes the addition (and sometimes relocation of) services.

It is time for residents in the core to think of others. When you moved here, you knew the cityís borders would expand and those residents would need services. The solution City council is working on now is a good one that keeps residents in all quadrants of the city safe and we support it.


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