The Township of Perry passed a resolution to support a live-burn facility to be built behind the Perry Fire Department.
The construction of the facility would cost $6,000 per fire department and still needs resolutions of support from other municipalities before proceeding.
Moving forward, the annual cost would be $400.
The live-burn facility would serve the Perry, McMurrich/Monteith, Burk’s Falls, Armour/Ryerson, Magnetawan and Kearney fire departments.
Perry Fire Chief Dan Marshall said during the Sept. 16 council meeting that the facility will be able to get all the firefighters to a live burn at any time while keeping them in the community.
The township’s councillors voiced their agreement in supporting the facility and Coun. Joe Lumley mentioned that he thought it was important.
“I think it’s very important to have the tools at hand to train with,” said Lumley, adding that he hoped everybody would, “chip in on this expenditure – on this tool that we should buy for our firefighters.”
The building would be a steel structure made of shipping containers and would not be visible from the road or to neighbouring properties.
Coun. Margaret Ann MacPhail said she hoped to see the project move forward and that the rest of the fire departments would join in.
Perry Township’s new firehall was completed in December 2018 and the fire department moved in mid-January 2019.
Coun. Paul Sowrey said he thought the live-burn facility being behind the fire hall was fantastic.
“We’ve got the new fire hall now and to add this with it just brings it right online and puts it on the map,” he said. “I think it’s going to help entice more firefighters to join because the facility will do well.”
Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Parry Sound North Star