By William Crooks
Local Journalism Initiative
Stanstead Township celebrated the opening of a new fire station Oct. 12, marking a decade of discussions, planning, and construction efforts. The project was backed with funding from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH). Over 100 attended.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mayor of Stanstead Township, Pierre Martineau, remarked, “This is a significant day for the Memphrémagog East Fire Board, but especially for our municipality. We’ve been requesting a new fire station for many years. This goes back even to the previous administration, whom I want to thank.” He also expressed gratitude for the critical funding from the MAMH.
Echoing these sentiments, Jody Stone, Chairman of the Memphrémagog East Fire Board, said, “Today is an important moment for the Board as we inaugurate the most modern fire station to date in the served territory.”
Gilles Bélanger, MNA for Orford, shed light on the commitment of the regional government. “Throughout Quebec, our government supports the municipal community in realizing infrastructure projects that offer essential services to the population.”
Located at 394 Remick Road, the fire station has the capacity to accommodate four fire trucks. Inside, it boasts essential facilities like lockers, showers, a dining room, storage space, a workshop, and designated offices. Such facilities aim to optimize operations and ensure the comfort and readiness of the fire crew, said a press release.