Friday, June 23, 2017 (Windsor, N.S.) - The Municipality of West Hants and the Windsor Fire Department have received the final report from the arbitrator regarding the contractual issues which led to the breakdown of the relationship.
The arbitrator heard evidence and argument on three issues:
Whether the firefighting trucks and equipment held by the Fire Department but paid by West Hants should be returned; Should the Municipality be reimbursed by the Windsor Fire Department, if there was over-funding; and If the answer to the second question was yes in favour of the Municipality, how much was to be reimbursed?
The arbitrator ruled against the Municipality on the first issue. He ruled in its favour on the second issue for the final five years of service and concluded that the Municipality should recover $517,200. He accepted some of each party's arguments in determining the amount that was to be reimbursed to the Municipality.
West Hants Council and the Windsor Fire Department have accepted the results of the arbitration and there will be no appeal or further legal challenge by either party regarding this long-standing dispute. Both parties are pleased to put the matter behind them and to work positively with each other on future joint initiatives such as the Fire Services Policy Committee. A copy of the full report can be seen here.
2017 Arbitration MWH & WFD
The Windsor Fire Department works alongside other representatives from all fire departments providing emergency services to West Hants with the purpose of creating a Fire Services Policy for the region. The Municipality appreciates the additional experience and knowledge brought to the table by Windsor Fire Department as the work of this committee progresses.