By Barb McKay
More reliable Internet and cell service are needed at the Ripley-Huron fire hall, according to the township’s fire chief.
Doug Martyn provided a quarterly report to Huron-Kinloss council during its meeting last Monday and said that Internet outages at the fire hall continue to be a concern. As well, he said, there is limited cell service within the fire hall.
“It’s a concern because a lot of our guys try to contact us by cell phone,” Martyn said. “In this day and age in an emergency situation someone is going to try and reach someone by cell phone.”
Martyn said cell phones are frequently used by first responders at the scene of an accident or other emergency. But his main concern is that the fire hall is also the township’s emergency operations centre.
“I feel cell phones and Internet are high priority,” he said.
Councillor Jim Hanna asked if anyone had been in contact with Hurontel about the situation. Administrator Mary Rose Walden said facilities director Mike Fair had spoken with representatives at Hurontel about concerns with Internet access, but cell phones are not on the township’s list for emergency requirements.
Hanna suggested that Martyn look into costs for upgrading cell service at the fire hall and bring a report back to council.