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Survey seeks input on relocation of north-end fire station in Peterborough

The City of Peterborough is looking to relocate Fire Station No. 2 on Carnegie Avenue in the north end. File

The City of Peterborough has launched a public survey on the planned Fire Station 2 relocation project.

The city says the station on Carnegie Avenue in the city’s north end sits on a flood plain and firefighters are unable to meet provincial requirements for emergency response times at the current site.

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The relocation project is currently considering two sites: 916 Chemong Rd. at Sunset Boulevard and the Northcrest Arena at 100 Marina Blvd. The arena, which closed in 2019, is currently being used as a site for COVID-19 tests.

“Both sites ranked very high in the initial location review study that focused on emergency response times,” the city states.

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The survey is available at www.connectptbo.ca/fire until Feb. 19.

The website also features mapping of the two potential locations and conceptual site studies.

Last month, Peterborough city council voted to remove Inverlea Park as a potential location following concerns from residents.

“The relocation of Fire Station 2 is a much anticipated and exciting project for Peterborough Fire Services,” said fire Chief Chris Snetsinger. “Selecting the new location is a vital part of keeping our community fire safe. Our stations and fire trucks need to be where they are most effective, relocating Station 2 will allow Peterborough Fire Services to maintain its optimum response times to our growing community.”

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Public input via the survey will be considered by city staff as they evaluate the potential locations with a focus on emergency response times, legislation and fire service industry standards. Due to the pandemic, in-person meetings for public consultation are unavailable, the city says.

Once analysis is complete, a staff report to recommend a location will be presented for city council’s consideration later this spring.

Anyone who is not able to access the online survey is asked to call the city at 705-742-7777 ext. 0 or send an email.

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