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Brockton wants to ensure any future wind turbines in the municipality will not pose a fire hazard.
Council has approved the Fire Chief’s recommendation – and there are new rules to make wind turbines less of a fire hazard.
All wind turbines in Brockton must now have a fire detection and suppression system.
Another new requirement is a 24 hour monitoring service that will transmit a signal to the fire department.
Councillor Anne-Louise Gibbons says the rules just make sense.
Given the nature of the turbines, mounted over a 100 feet in the air, Gibbons says little can be done from a traditional fire fighting perspective to suppress it.
She cites last April’s wind turbine fire at a Goderich area wind farm as an example.
Gibbons adds while vacationing in Hawaii a few years ago – a wind turbine fire took out a whole farm concession.
Gibbons says a wind turbine fire could spread like wild fire across hay fields in harvest season – and that would devastate local farm lands.
Currently there are no wind farms in Brockton – however interest has been voiced by wind turbine companies and Brockton wants to ensure it is ready.
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