New Fire Station for Little Brook

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

November 30, 2002 10:00 AM

Construction will soon begin on a new $700,000 fire station for
Little Brook, Digby Co., thanks to a funding partnership through
the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Federal and provincial funding of $516,534 was announced today,
Nov. 30, by Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on
behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency, and Neil LeBlanc, Minister of Finance, on
behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations. Upon formal acceptance of the agreement, the
Little Brook Volunteer Fire Department will fund the balance.

"Municipal projects like the Little Brook Fire Station enhance
the quality of our lives and environment, and improve community
infrastructure. These types of community improvements are a
priority of the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program," said
Mr. Thibault. "Through this program, the government of Canada is
working with Nova Scotians to build strong, healthy, and safe
communities."

The program is designed to invest in the infrastructure needs of
Nova Scotia communities to support the objectives of long-term
economic growth, community infrastructure improvements,
environmental enhancements and the building of 21st-century
infrastructure through better technologies, new approaches and
best practices.

"By investing in stronger communities, we're building a stronger
Nova Scotia," said Mr. LeBlanc. "Fire protection is a critical
service in every community. Today's announcement will help the
people of Little Brook benefit from a first-class fire station
for many years to come."

The project provides for the design and construction of a 635
square-metre (6,840 square-foot) fire station, site preparation,
a well, and onsite sewage disposal system in Little Brook. The
station will replace the existing aging facility that has reached
the end of its useful life. The new facility will be twice as
large as the existing fire hall and will include five truck bays,
training space, washrooms, interior hose drying and a small
office. The community will benefit from improved safety due to
better quality fire protection that will serve 1,000 homes and
100 businesses.

"The good health and safety of Little Brook residents is our top
priority," said Andre LeBlanc, fire chief of the Little Brook
Volunteer Fire Department. "This new fire hall will play a huge
role in improving the quality of fire protection services we
provide to the community."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects
under the infrastructure program. To date, 87 projects have been
announced, representing an investment of more than $125 million.
Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo
environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management
committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented
on the program's management committee.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A 700-thousand dollar investment for a new fire station in

Digby County got the green light today (November 30th).

     Finance Minister Neil LeBlanc and federal Fisheries Minister

Robert Thibault announced the federal/provincial funding in

Little Brook.

     The project provides for the design and construction of a

fire station, site preparation, a well, and onsite sewage

disposal system in Little Brook.

     The station will replace the existing aging facility. The

new facility will be twice as large as the existing fire hall and

will include five truck bays, training space, washrooms, interior

hose drying and a small office.

     The project is part of the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure

Program.

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Contact: Jennifer Savoy
         Office of Robert G. Thibault
         613-941-7291

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         Cell: 902-222-2911

         Deborah Bayer
         Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112
         E-mail: bayerdj@gov.ns.ca

         Andre LeBlanc
         Little Brook Volunteer Fire Department
         902-769-2777