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Greater Sudbury city council to determine fate of Beaver Lake Fire Station

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Greater Sudbury city council is facing more big decisions this week related to the area’s fire services.

The fire hall in the Greater Sudbury community of Beaver Lake was packed the evening of April 26, 2023 with residents from the area who came out to hear from the city and its fire chief over proposed changes under the city’s fire modernization plan. (File photo/Ian Campbell/CTV News Northern Ontario)

On Tuesday, Ward 7 councillor Natalie Labbee plans to ask her fellow councillors to reconsider a resolution from last year that said the Beaver Lake volunteer fire station was required to have a certain number of volunteer firefighters within one year.

According to Labbee’s motion, two firefighter trainers did not materialize until early 2024 delaying new recruits and preventing the Beaver Lake community from meeting the required number of volunteer firefights.

Labbee told CTV News that there were also delays in getting both the Skead and Beaver Lake fire halls opened.

"I feel they respect that I've spent a lot of time into learning how we can improve things and working with staff and working with the volunteers and hearing their concerns from the ground running; you know,” she said.

“(Like) what are the concerns, what are the obstacles that they're facing as new recruits."

Labbee will need to secure support from two-thirds of city council to pass the motion as it is a reconsideration.

Earlier this month, CTV News met with a coalition of community residents from both Skead and Beaver Lake that is raising concerns about fire services in their community.

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