UXBRIDGE: In the days following a devastating blaze that destroyed the Mount Albert fire hall, work is currently underway on a temporary facility for the community, which also covers emergency calls in the northwest portion of Uxbridge Township.
Uxbridge's fire department will continue to respond to calls in the northwest corner of the township, which includes the hamlet of Zephyr while work continues on a temporary home for the East Gwillimbury fire department, located at 5866 Doane Rd. in Mount Albert, next to the sewage treatment plant.
It is expected that the temporary hall will be up and running later this week, although Uxbridge will continue to respond to calls in the area as the department rebuilds following an early-morning fire at the Mount Albert station on Feb. 2.
"It will take some time before they can resume their coverage of the North western area of Durham Region. But, this is a great step forward and we would like to thank York Region and East Gwillimbury for their efforts in re establishing local fire service," said Ward 2 Councillor and Zephyr resident Pat Molloy.
Uxbridge fire chief Scott Richardson explained that his department will continue to respond to calls in the Zephyr-area for the foreseeable future. While the department will have a temporary facility will be open, Chief Richardson was unsure of the vehicles and equipment that would be available to the East Gwillimbury department as they continue their rebuilding efforts.
According to Chief Richardson, East Gwillimbury's fire department responds to approximately 33 calls per year in northwest Uxbridge Township.