I don’t get it.
Can anyone inform me when we last had a residential fire that caused considerable property damage due to excessive response time?
In my recollection, over the last 30 years, all the major fires have been in the industrial area with considerable loss of property — Eastend Iron, Taber Feeds, Taber Livestock Auction Market and more recently, the major fire next to Frito Lay (Flexible Solutions).
Is the current fire hall not located right in the middle of the industrial area where the probability of a fire and loss of property is far greater than in the middle of town? Being a volunteer fire department, isn’t response time dictated by speed of mobilization and not by actual time of travel to get to a fire?
The rationale of incremental saving and lower cost of housing as economic stimulus does not justify spending this money on relocating the fire hall.
I presently reside in Calgary and could not attend the open house. For what it is worth, spend the money on the small ice arena, or an indoor soccer and multi-purpose facility, or give the money to the Taber arts community for cultural activity enjoyment for all of Taber and surrounding area.
P.S. Locating the fire hall near St. Patrick School would not enhance the sale of my house.