Township of Russell officially opens new Embrun Fire Hall
The official opening of a new township fire hall located on Route 300 in Embrun, was held on Sat. Sept. 13. Along with other area firefighters the new facility welcomed Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, the Mayor of Russell Township, council members, Township administration, and family and friends. From left: CEO, Mr. Jean Leduc, Russell Fire Department Chief Bruce Armstrong, Embrun Fire Department Chief Brian Duhamel and Mayor Jean Paul St. Pierre. The EFD now has 26 volunteer firefighters after a recent recruitment drive to fill the 8,300 sq.ft. facility that was started in July 2013. The $2.2-million project will also be utilized as a training facility or an alternate Emergency Operation Centre, if needed. Financing was provided through the Government of Ontario’s Municipal Infrastructure Initiative (MII) program, contributions through taxation, Development Charges and a loan of $307,000. “We are all very proud to witness the official opening of this very anticipated fire hall. The administration and Council have been working on this project for many years, with the residents, to provide a site and a design that would not only make financial sense but also sit in a strategic location to follow our
community growth and economic development perspectives.” said St. Pierre.
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