Northeast Town Fire Department moves into new station

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The view from the storage loft. photo by Warren Schlote

LITTLE CURRENT – The Northeast Town Fire Department has moved into a centralized fire hall at 88 Vankoughnet Street East at the eastern border of Little Current as of this past June, expanding into a building more than three times larger than the former space that can house the entire fleet, is more functional and accessible for crews and visitors.

“It gives us a lot more room to train, more space for trucks, it’s less crowded and a lot safer,” said Northeast Town fire chief Duane Deschamps.

The larger space (roughly 6,000 square feet, up from the former hall’s 1,650 square feet, said Mr. Deschamps) is only partly finished inside, something the fire chief called an asset because the department is able to “make it our own.”

There is office space at the front of the building, enough for a chief’s office, a separate office for officers, a meeting room and a broad hallway that will host firefighting memorabilia. 

On the main floor are two washrooms, a significant improvement from the previous fire hall that had only one washroom up a flight of stairs. There will be a laundry room next to the garage that will host equipment to clean and dry the firefighters’ gear.

With the opening of this facility, the Northeast Town is consolidating its Sheguiandah fire hall with its Little Current site. The town will retain the Sheguiandah site and leave a water truck within; public works will assume the surplus space.

Mr. Deschamps acknowledged that response times might be longer by a minute or two compared to the department’s historic location in the heart of Little Current but he said the difference was negligible.

Since the fire department’s inception, it has had a fire hall at Meredith and Worthington streets in Little Current. The old hall stood since the 1800s right at the street corner, followed by the most recent building which opened in May of 1978 to accommodate the increasing space requirements of the department. That hall saw 42 years of service before the new structure took over in June of this year.

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