Armstrong Spallumcheen fire hall expansion stalls

A new and improved fire hall for the Armstrong Spallumcheen department will wait another year.

A new and improved fire hall for the Armstrong Spallumcheen department will wait another year.

Following a discussion at a joint meeting, city and township councils voted unanimously to move a potential fire hall expansion project to at least 2013.

Both councils have requested that suggestions for funding options and timelines for construction and implementation of a firehall expansion be presented in a report to joint council by the end of July 2012.

In October, 2011, Armstrong Spallumcheen fire chief Ian Cummings requested both councils retain the services of Salmon Arm architect Bernd Hermanski to come up with a conceptual plan to determine what’s needed to improve the functionality of the fire hall and what the approximate cost will be to do so.

“We need to increase the size of our bays,” said Cummings at the time. “We don’t have enough space between our fire trucks. We’ll be replacing our rescue unit in a couple of years and it will be longer than our current unit and won’t fit in there right now.”

Cummings also said the hall’s current classroom is small for the department’s 40 members, and that the work space and cleaning areas are inadequate for the department’s needs.

Joint council recommended the city and township defer the acquisition of a $275,000 fire emergency rescue vehicle until a final decision on the hall and vehicle has been made.

Both councils agreed to recruit training for eight members this year, and that a per diem of $200 will be given to members attending courses or training during the work week to offset lost wages and meal costs. That will go to a maximum of $5,000 per year.

Fire department members’ rates of pay will increase in accordance with the B.C. Consumer Price Index starting in 2013.

Both councils also approved $735 in expenditure for pest control, and $500 for landscape maintenance.