The Southampton Fire Station, built in 1975, and the Port Elgin
Station built in 1986, were both equipped with electric heat throughout
at the time of construction.
Recently, each has been upgraded to radiant heat, in the apparatus
areas, with natural gas as the energy source. Meeting rooms and office
areas however, are still heated by the original electric baseboard
During the Ainsworth Energy Audit approved by the Town last year, the
consultant recommended replacement of windows and an upgrade in heating
systems at both stations. The Southampton station windows have recently
When it came to heating, eight companies were requested to submit
proposals for energy efficient systems and four companies provided
estimates ranging from $28,641 to $44,175.
Acting Fire Chief, Phil Eagleson, explained that other funding
opportunities are being explored but, "...if there are no other options,
we recommend that the funding shortfall be taken from the Future Capital
Eagleson went on to point out that, "This year, $23,000 was budgeted for
the replacement of the HVAC systems in both stations and, if the
recommended system is installed, it would be a difference of $5,641.
Currently, both stations cost $7,000 for hydro and $5,000 for natural
gas, for an average total of $12,000 per year to heat and cool."
The replacement of the HVAC systems at both fire stations was approved
and will be completed by Emke Schaab Climate Care.