Recent plow fire not slowing service down, says transportation official
BIBLE HILL – The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department insists snow removal services in Colchester County have not been impacted negatively despite the loss of a machine to a fire last week.
A snow plow fire last week in Bible Hill is still being investigated but a Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department official says a retired machine is available as a replacement, meaning snow removal service should not be affected negatively throughout Colchester County. Submitted photo
James Webster, the department’s area manager, based out of the Bible Hill office, told the Truro Daily News on Thursday that the loss of a snowplow truck “won’t affect us at all. There should be no change to service because we are using a retired truck that is still roadworthy,” said Webster.
He said the county has 21 plow machines, seven graters and two loaders. There’s still no word on the cause of the fire that has reduced the plow truck to pieces for recycling. The blaze occurred last Friday morning in the parking lot of the department of transportation on St. David’s Ave. in Bible Hill.
Dwane Mellish, fire chief of the Bible Hill Fire Brigade, said amid the rash of fires lately throughout the county, there have been
“several cases that were somewhat preventable.”
For example, he said, unattended candles and compost bin fires continue to be issues despite constant fire prevention education.
“People say, ‘I’m careful’ … but people are lulled into a level of complacency sometimes.”
Mellish again reminds people to be mindful of fire safety, in particular when dealing with heating units “working at their maximum,” and old models. Rechecking wood stoves, ensuring smoke detectors are in working order, testing detectors and replacing batteries twice a year are all important, Mellish said.
In addition, people renting apartments should always have tenant insurance, Mellish suggested. And, as always, local fire departments are always seeking new volunteers.