Town, CNL sign fire agreement

by Vance Gutzman

The future of Deep River’s fire service took a big leap forward on Monday, when the town signed off on an interim fire services agreement with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).

The agreement, will see CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Fire Operations provide training, organization and management of the town’s fire service from December 4 to June 30, 2018.

It’s expected that a long-term agreement between Deep River and CNL will be finalized before the interim agreement expires.

As part of the interim agreement, CRL Fire Operations will provide a fire chief, Gary McRae, and deputy fire chief to the town, which will bear the costs for those personnel.

Gary Pardy and Gerry Johnston, deputy fire chiefs at CRL, will rotate in the role of deputy fire chief for Deep River, which will have two deputy fire chiefs when everything is said and done because the town’s current deputy fire chief, Robert Labre, is staying on in that capacity with the municipality.

The agreement was signed in the Deep River council chambers Monday morning, along with a memorandum of understanding recognizing the town’s unique status as the host community of CRL.

Mayor Joan Lougheed noted at the signing ceremony that respective town councils have tried to find solutions for the municipal fire service, in terms of staffing and costs, and was pleased that “CNL has recognized our immediate needs.”

“It’s taking us to a stronger, better and safer future,” Lougheed said of the agreement.

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