The North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department opened the doors to their new firehall on June 22.
Keir Gervais, manager of public safety for Cowichan region hosted the ribbon cutting.
For Mary Marcotte, CVRD Area H Director, this was a long time coming. Marcotte has been championing the need for a new firehall for the NOVFD for two decades.
The old firehall has been renovated and annexed to the new building.
The department was established in 1957 but it wasn’t until 20 years later “through the tireless work of volunteers we found our first home, where we are standing today,” said Marcotte.
The hall project took many years of efforts and will now enable our department to better serve the community through the ever increasing demands that are put upon our firefighters,said Marcotte.
The new firehall project broke ground on April 30, 2018 and cost just over $3 million.
Fire Rescue Services Coordinator Jason de Jong praised Marcotte’s work on behalf of the NOVFD and thanked those that had served on a citizen’s committee during the referendum for the firehall. Amongst those he thanked were Greg Wyndlow, Gary Backland, Howie Davies, and Bill Derby. Kinetic Construction who worked on the project presented the NOVFD with a restored hose reel that went back to the early days of the department.