Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility

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For many years the City of Powell River has been considering the need to replace its Firehall located at 6965 Courtenay Street. In October 2019 Mayor and Council established a select advisory committee to study the potential for replacing the facility, gather feedback from the public, and provide recommendations on a path forward.

The Select Committee provided a summary on public engagement and its final recommendations to Council for a new Emergency Services facility at the regularly scheduled meeting of January 20, 2022 and the following resolution (22-4) was approved:

That Council accepts the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee's following endorsement:

  • The need for a new Emergency Services Facility.
  • The location to be at the City Public Works Yard.
  • Council create a referendum question to be included at the Municipal Elections in October 2022.
  • Council issue a Request for Proposals for a project manager for the purposes of coordinating a design build fire hall/emergency services facility up to $7.5 million with the project to begin construction within the next two years.
  • Council continuing to investigate all funding opportunities, including reserve funds and grants.

At its regularly scheduled meeting held on the March 3, 2022, Council directed staff to prepare a draft bylaw authorizing the borrowing of up to $7.5 Million to build a new fire hall/emergency services facility at 7160 Duncan Street, and proceed with obtaining approval of the electors through assent voting as part of the October 15, 2022 general local election.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on June 2, 2022 Council was provided with the draft Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022. Council approved the following resolutions in relation to the Bylaw:

(Res 22-140)

Moved and seconded that "Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022" be read a first, second and third time, and referred to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.


(Res 22-141)

Moved and seconded that assent of the electors be sought for "Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022" at the October 15, 2022 general local election and that the question be as follows:

“Are you in favour of the City of Powell River adopting “Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022”, to authorize the borrowing of a sum not to exceed seven and one half million dollars ($7,500,000), with interest, over a maximum term of 20 years, in order to finance the construction of a new fire hall / emergency services facility at the City’s Public Works Yard property located at 7160 Duncan Street?”


Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee

After a feasibility and high level costing study was completed in 2018, Mayor and Council decided to move the issue of replacing the its current Fire Hall forward and in October 2019 established the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee and gave it the following mandate:

  • Review the technical decision-making process and assessments completed to date which have established both the need for a new facility and site location.
  • Provide advice to Council on concept designs for a new emergency services facility.
  • Make recommendations on funding strategies and approval process for the project.
  • Identify potential future community benefits.
  • Coordinate opportunities to provide the public with information and gather feedback.

The Select Committee started its work in 2020 by generating a list of questions it thought should be asked about the project, addressing key areas such as:

  • Need/Why?
  • Design/Use
  • Condition of Existing Building
  • Siting/Location
  • Funding/Cost
  • Insurance


Existing Building

Through its review process the select committee determined that the City needs a new Fire Hall/Emergency Services facility that can accommodate the needs of the Fire Rescue Department, which has occupied a temporary facility for 25 years. The Committee also found that:

  • The current site cannot accommodate needed expansion or be upgraded to post disaster standards. The existing facility was built as an ancillary hall in 1959.
  • In 1996 the Fire Commissioner's Office recommended decommissioning the Westview Fire Hall and the Cranberry Training Centre and building a new centrally located building.
  • A full feasibility study of the existing building was done by Johnston Davidson Architects. The study found that the current facility does not meet the needs of standard fire rescue services and is not seismically upgradable to withstand a severe earthquake.


Siting/Location

• In total, the Committee looked at seven sites:

  • 6965 Courtenay Street (Current location)
  • 5001 Joyce Avenue (Recreation Complex)
  • 7050 Alberni Street (Former Inn at Westview Property)
  • 7070 Barnet Street (East of RCMP Detachment)
  • 4726 Manson Avenue (North of Larry Gouthro Park)
  • 7160 Duncan Street (Public Works Yard)
  • 7516 Duncan Street (Airport)

After an Environmental Site Assessment, Geotechnical Study and a review by Fire Underwriters, the location at 7160 Duncan Street was recommended by the Select Advisory Committee.

Council endorsed the new location at its meeting of March 4, 2021.


Cost

In 2018 Johnston Davidson Architecture Inc was commissioned to complete a needs assessment / feasibility study for a new facility, complete with high level costings, to replace the current aging facility. The needs assessment identified a total square footage of 18,400 square feet at an estimated cost of just over $9 million. As this was a high-level estimate for planning purposes, contingencies were higher than a further developed design.

To present a question on borrowing to the electors, the committee believed that construction costs must be estimated. In support of the design-build concept the Committee has recommended an amount of $7.5 million be designated as a budget figure. The $7.5 million was based in part upon the following considerations by the Committee:

  • Review of the Johnston Davidson high level costing estimate from their 2018 report
  • Discussions about tolerances for taxation with community members
  • Personal experience
  • Desire to balance needs of the fire department with public interest


Funding/Borrowing

The scenarios presented below outline the impacts of total amount borrowed and term of loan which are the two factors for which the City has control. The two scenarios identified are broken up into a 30-year amortization period and 20-year amortization period. All loans are assumed to be taken through the Municipal Finance Authority at a rate of 2.5%.


The Select Committee noted that the City could reduce the amount of being borrowed by reallocating existing funds or seeking out grant opportunities or a combination thereof. Possible sources of funding include:

  • City's Land and Buildings Reserve
  • Unappropriated Surplus – General
  • Community Forest Reserve
  • Green Municipal Fund (GMF) through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Canada Community Building Fund (Union of BC Municipalities)


Public Engagement Process

As per its mandate, the Firehall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee launched a Public Engagement process in late spring 2021 to provide information on the work that the committee has done and to gather feedback on the proposal to construct a new facility.

The process began with a survey of residents to determine public sentiment and the what information was lacking. The results of the first survey can be found here.

In the fall of 2021, the Select Committee held four town hall meetings across the community. Here are links to the information that the committee is shared with the community:

The question and comment portion of the public engagement sessions were recorded and transcribed. The transcriptions will be included in the report to Council on public feedback and will also be posted here and the document library:

A final questionnaire was conducted with residents at the end of the engagement process to understand the sentiment toward the construction of a new Emergency Services facility. The results can be viewed here.

The Committee completed its public engagement process in early December 2021 and a report summarizing its activities and the feedback received was presented to council at a meeting on January 20, 2022. The public engagement summary can be viewed here.

Final Recommendations

Further to it's report on public engagement, the select committee provided Mayor and Council with its final recommendations at the regularly scheduled meeting of January 20, 2022 and the following resolution (22-4) was approved:

That Council accepts the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee's following endorsement:

  • The need for a new Emergency Services Facility.
  • The location to be at the City Public Works Yard.
  • Council create a referendum question to be included at the Municipal Elections in October 2022.
  • Council issue a Request for Proposals for a project manager for the purposes of coordinating a design build fire hall/emergency services facility up to $7.5 million with the project to begin construction within the next two years.
  • Council continuing to investigate all funding opportunities, including reserve funds and grants.



For many years the City of Powell River has been considering the need to replace its Firehall located at 6965 Courtenay Street. In October 2019 Mayor and Council established a select advisory committee to study the potential for replacing the facility, gather feedback from the public, and provide recommendations on a path forward.

The Select Committee provided a summary on public engagement and its final recommendations to Council for a new Emergency Services facility at the regularly scheduled meeting of January 20, 2022 and the following resolution (22-4) was approved:

That Council accepts the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee's following endorsement:

  • The need for a new Emergency Services Facility.
  • The location to be at the City Public Works Yard.
  • Council create a referendum question to be included at the Municipal Elections in October 2022.
  • Council issue a Request for Proposals for a project manager for the purposes of coordinating a design build fire hall/emergency services facility up to $7.5 million with the project to begin construction within the next two years.
  • Council continuing to investigate all funding opportunities, including reserve funds and grants.

At its regularly scheduled meeting held on the March 3, 2022, Council directed staff to prepare a draft bylaw authorizing the borrowing of up to $7.5 Million to build a new fire hall/emergency services facility at 7160 Duncan Street, and proceed with obtaining approval of the electors through assent voting as part of the October 15, 2022 general local election.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on June 2, 2022 Council was provided with the draft Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022. Council approved the following resolutions in relation to the Bylaw:

(Res 22-140)

Moved and seconded that "Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022" be read a first, second and third time, and referred to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.


(Res 22-141)

Moved and seconded that assent of the electors be sought for "Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022" at the October 15, 2022 general local election and that the question be as follows:

“Are you in favour of the City of Powell River adopting “Fire Hall / Emergency Services Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw 2695, 2022”, to authorize the borrowing of a sum not to exceed seven and one half million dollars ($7,500,000), with interest, over a maximum term of 20 years, in order to finance the construction of a new fire hall / emergency services facility at the City’s Public Works Yard property located at 7160 Duncan Street?”


Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee

After a feasibility and high level costing study was completed in 2018, Mayor and Council decided to move the issue of replacing the its current Fire Hall forward and in October 2019 established the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee and gave it the following mandate:

  • Review the technical decision-making process and assessments completed to date which have established both the need for a new facility and site location.
  • Provide advice to Council on concept designs for a new emergency services facility.
  • Make recommendations on funding strategies and approval process for the project.
  • Identify potential future community benefits.
  • Coordinate opportunities to provide the public with information and gather feedback.

The Select Committee started its work in 2020 by generating a list of questions it thought should be asked about the project, addressing key areas such as:

  • Need/Why?
  • Design/Use
  • Condition of Existing Building
  • Siting/Location
  • Funding/Cost
  • Insurance


Existing Building

Through its review process the select committee determined that the City needs a new Fire Hall/Emergency Services facility that can accommodate the needs of the Fire Rescue Department, which has occupied a temporary facility for 25 years. The Committee also found that:

  • The current site cannot accommodate needed expansion or be upgraded to post disaster standards. The existing facility was built as an ancillary hall in 1959.
  • In 1996 the Fire Commissioner's Office recommended decommissioning the Westview Fire Hall and the Cranberry Training Centre and building a new centrally located building.
  • A full feasibility study of the existing building was done by Johnston Davidson Architects. The study found that the current facility does not meet the needs of standard fire rescue services and is not seismically upgradable to withstand a severe earthquake.


Siting/Location

• In total, the Committee looked at seven sites:

  • 6965 Courtenay Street (Current location)
  • 5001 Joyce Avenue (Recreation Complex)
  • 7050 Alberni Street (Former Inn at Westview Property)
  • 7070 Barnet Street (East of RCMP Detachment)
  • 4726 Manson Avenue (North of Larry Gouthro Park)
  • 7160 Duncan Street (Public Works Yard)
  • 7516 Duncan Street (Airport)

After an Environmental Site Assessment, Geotechnical Study and a review by Fire Underwriters, the location at 7160 Duncan Street was recommended by the Select Advisory Committee.

Council endorsed the new location at its meeting of March 4, 2021.


Cost

In 2018 Johnston Davidson Architecture Inc was commissioned to complete a needs assessment / feasibility study for a new facility, complete with high level costings, to replace the current aging facility. The needs assessment identified a total square footage of 18,400 square feet at an estimated cost of just over $9 million. As this was a high-level estimate for planning purposes, contingencies were higher than a further developed design.

To present a question on borrowing to the electors, the committee believed that construction costs must be estimated. In support of the design-build concept the Committee has recommended an amount of $7.5 million be designated as a budget figure. The $7.5 million was based in part upon the following considerations by the Committee:

  • Review of the Johnston Davidson high level costing estimate from their 2018 report
  • Discussions about tolerances for taxation with community members
  • Personal experience
  • Desire to balance needs of the fire department with public interest


Funding/Borrowing

The scenarios presented below outline the impacts of total amount borrowed and term of loan which are the two factors for which the City has control. The two scenarios identified are broken up into a 30-year amortization period and 20-year amortization period. All loans are assumed to be taken through the Municipal Finance Authority at a rate of 2.5%.


The Select Committee noted that the City could reduce the amount of being borrowed by reallocating existing funds or seeking out grant opportunities or a combination thereof. Possible sources of funding include:

  • City's Land and Buildings Reserve
  • Unappropriated Surplus – General
  • Community Forest Reserve
  • Green Municipal Fund (GMF) through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Canada Community Building Fund (Union of BC Municipalities)


Public Engagement Process

As per its mandate, the Firehall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee launched a Public Engagement process in late spring 2021 to provide information on the work that the committee has done and to gather feedback on the proposal to construct a new facility.

The process began with a survey of residents to determine public sentiment and the what information was lacking. The results of the first survey can be found here.

In the fall of 2021, the Select Committee held four town hall meetings across the community. Here are links to the information that the committee is shared with the community:

The question and comment portion of the public engagement sessions were recorded and transcribed. The transcriptions will be included in the report to Council on public feedback and will also be posted here and the document library:

A final questionnaire was conducted with residents at the end of the engagement process to understand the sentiment toward the construction of a new Emergency Services facility. The results can be viewed here.

The Committee completed its public engagement process in early December 2021 and a report summarizing its activities and the feedback received was presented to council at a meeting on January 20, 2022. The public engagement summary can be viewed here.

Final Recommendations

Further to it's report on public engagement, the select committee provided Mayor and Council with its final recommendations at the regularly scheduled meeting of January 20, 2022 and the following resolution (22-4) was approved:

That Council accepts the Fire Hall/Emergency Services Facility Select Advisory Committee's following endorsement:

  • The need for a new Emergency Services Facility.
  • The location to be at the City Public Works Yard.
  • Council create a referendum question to be included at the Municipal Elections in October 2022.
  • Council issue a Request for Proposals for a project manager for the purposes of coordinating a design build fire hall/emergency services facility up to $7.5 million with the project to begin construction within the next two years.
  • Council continuing to investigate all funding opportunities, including reserve funds and grants.


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    Has the committee done a cost comparison with other cities of similar size to see what an average cost is for the fire halls in those communities? If so, what is the average cost of a hall for a municipality with a tax base less than 15000 or even 20000?

    Chris asked about 1 year ago

    The following response is from Committee Chair Jim Agius:

    The Committee has reviewed Firehall builds/proposals of similar size Cities. Such as Creston, Qualicum, Cumberland, Bowen Island. There is very limited information available of current builds.

    We feel that the $7.5mil is right in the ballpark.

    We encourage any information you may have to be shared with the Committee.

    Thank you

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    I am a bit perplexed by some of the answers to my previous questions and feel the public at large would benefit from some follow up to these. I hope you will indulge me. My question about what research had been done was replied to with a response telling me to review the feasibility study. I had already reviewed this document so I'll reframe my question. What arguments did the committee utilize to support their decision to reject the proposal from JDA? What other expertise has been comparatively used. As for my question on arriving at $7.5M, forgive me for not specifying I wanted to know, who, what, when, where, why, is all of this research, collaboration, and data of recent firehall builds you speak of? You've provided nothing of substance. Calculus. What is the math? What are the variables? What are the known figures? If there are experts you have consulted other than the JDA feasibility study, this would be the part where telling us who they are, what their credentials are, what agency they work for or represent, etc. There are already systems out there that are in use today like in our hospital to prevent the spread of infection disease within our institutions. Are we not looking at these systems for our new post-disaster building? No crystal ball necessary, they really do exist. Are we building this building to have the same fate as Cranberry? I think most of us agree, we need to look ahead and make sure this building will work for us still. And finally, please present this math so we can be informed on the decision making process, Thank you ever so much for all the hard work that goes into this.

    fenton asked about 1 year ago

    Hello and thank you for your interest.

    We do not use calculus or mathematics. We have limited resources of spending monies on professionals.

    We are a diverse committee of residents and our task at hand is gathering data and information from the community. I encourage you to share any information you may have.

    Alternatively, as chairperson, I am happy to meet with you/group and discuss the questions you have. You can reach me at jim@agiusbuilders.ca.

    Respectively

    Jim Agius.

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    I was wondering if there was anything looked at using alternate sites, such as the Cranberry fire hall, which may have been more suitable? Regarding the costs, I've heard a lot of figures, from the final figure in the report, 5A I'm seeing an estimated 9.05 Million after contingency for design and construction and escalation, and an article from earlier this year from the Peak suggests that the quoted amount is low and could likely be insufficient. How much funds are being sought in the loan for AAP? Are there other halls that are going to need to be refreshed based on current needs? Our population is fairly spread out and from my understanding the central hall is where people are dispatched from. What is the estimated Loan Payment amount to taxes ideally as a percentage? To give an idea of how much the increases to taxes.

    Jason123 asked about 1 year ago

    Hello Jason - thank you for your question.  Response is below, for clarity I have copied your questions with the answers in capitals

    I was wondering if there was anything looked at using alternate sites, such as the Cranberry fire hall, which may have been more suitable? THE LOCATION OF THE CRANBERRY HALL WAS NOT GEOGRAPHICALLY SUITABLE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, A COPY OF A PRESENTATION MADE BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.  THE COMMITTEE REVIEWED THE OTHER SITES FROM THE FIRE UNDERWRITERS OPTIMIZATION STUDY (in Documents).  SEE ALSO COMMITTEE MINUTES & AGENDAS (check out important links)

    How much funds are being sought in the loan for AAP? AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO DECISION MADE YET ON THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS BEING SOUGHT AND WHETHER IT WOULD BE EITHER AN AAP OR ASSENT VOTING PROCESS

    Are there other halls that are going to need to be refreshed based on current needs? THE ONLY OTHER FIRE HALL IN THE CITY OF POWELL RIVER IS #2 HALL 6459 SUTHERLAND, SERVICING WILDWOOD.  THIS BUILDING IS STAFFED BY PAID-ON-CALL FIREFIGHTERS.  THE BUILDING IS CIRCA 1949.

    Our population is fairly spread out and from my understanding the central hall is where people are dispatched from. What is the estimated Loan Payment amount to taxes ideally as a percentage? To give an idea of how much the increases to taxes.  PLEASE SEE THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - SAMPLE FUNDING CALCULATIONS (documents) FOR POTENTIAL SCENARIOS

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    I’d like to know what the committee has researched in terms of what a modern fire stations need. How did they arrive at the 7.5 Million dollar price tag? Did they have some sort of calculus they applied with knowledge of factors of costs of similar buildings? Have they been advised by experts of what our city actually needs in terms of meeting work safe requirements? How about meeting NFPA recommendations? Do they have any knowledge of the added costs of implementing designs that will mitigate future pandemics? Are they looking 50 years to the future? Do they have math or models to support their conclusions?

    Fenton asked about 1 year ago

    Please find below responses to your questions from Committee Chair Jim Agius (responses in capitals below):

    I’d like to know what the committee has researched in terms of what a modern fire stations need.  YES. PLEASE REVIEW FEASIBILITY STUDY BY JDA located in the documents section.

    How did they arrive at the 7.5 Million dollar price tag?  RESEARCH, COLLABORATION AND DATA OF RECENT FIREHALL BUILDS. 

    Did they have some sort of calculus they applied with knowledge of factors of costs of similar buildings? YES. 

    Have they been advised by experts of what our city actually needs in terms of meeting work safe requirements? YES. 

    How about meeting NFPA recommendations? YES, ABSOLUTLEY. 

    Do they have any knowledge of the added costs of implementing designs that will mitigate future pandemics? NO, WE WILL NOT PREDICT THE FUTURE.

    Are they looking 50 years to the future? NO. THERE IS NO DATA AVAILBLE TO PREDICT WHAT POWELL RIVERS POPULATION WILL BE IN 50 YEARS. 

    Do they have math or models to support their conclusions? YES.

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    What were the contamination concerns at the Barnet location?

    Barrybruceb asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions.  The geotechnical report for the Barnet Street site has been uploaded to the documents section for your review.

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    The Duncan location is under the airport flight path. Have you considered the possibility the an airplane crash could complete paralyze your emergency response. The city of Nelson fell into the same trap. There RCMP building could become completely isolated by a train derailment. A very regrettable mistake.

    Barrybruceb asked about 1 year ago

    Please find below response to your questions from Committee Chair Jim Agius:

    No. We rely on professional surveys and advice and have considered all 7 site options. Please refer to the Fire Underwriters Location Optimization Report found under the documents section

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    Who are the current members of the fire hall committee?

    Joseph asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Joseph, our current members are:
    Chair Jim Agius

    Vice Chair, Rob Hill

    Council Representative, Maggie Hathaway

    Mark Anderson

    Debbie Dee

    Stephen Short

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    Given the tax load on the taxpayers of Powell River and the surrounding districts, can we really afford a new, state of the art firehall at this time? The low call volume, the type of calls, the lack of large industrial areas and large airport which would require fire suppression, the maximum height of buildings throughout this area, does not warrant the extravagance of a new facility. A facility which is basically to upgrade the administrative offices and provide meeting rooms, etc. The taxpayers are already burden with the huge costs associated with the new waste water treatment facility and associated debt, never mind the careless budgeting and spending by the City of Powell River. The amount of taxes which continue to rise (even during a pandemic), and at times exponentially, puts a huge strain on taxpayers who simply cannot afford much more tax burden. A prudent course would be to postpone this project until AFTER the waste water treatment plant has been completed and paid for. Why does this Committee and Chief Peters believe that taxpayers can afford a big city, state-of-the-art emergency facility, from a small town's tax base? It is inevitable that the City will lose a huge influx of taxes from the eventual demise of the Mill. It needs to stop budgeting/spending money like the former Mill era. Simply put, we need to live within our means. As well, with regards to the new proposed location (and associated EXTRA costs in determining the potential/viability of that site), where is the wisdom in emergency services vehicles constantly travelling up and down a steep hill? The Barnet Street site is more viable and central, with less of a steep grade to cause premature wearing of emergency vehicles gunning up and down Duncan Street for every trip off the site. The City Works yard is surrounded by more residential area than the Barnet Street location; thereby interrupting more residents with inherent sirens, etc. If getting emergency vehicles through the lights at Joyce/Barnet, than remedy that intersection to accommodate same. Overall, this project needs to be postponed until the taxpayers can afford such extravagance spending. In the meantime, the firefighters and officers will survive just fine with the building/equipment/vehicles currently at their disposal. Especially given the low call volume and general nature of most of their calls.

    Seabird asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments on our newly established public engagement page.

    Many of the reasons for a new facility are safety concerns. The current facility cannot be seismically upgraded and would not likely withstand an earthquake.  There are also several other building code issues. The answers to many of your questions are contained in the Feasibility Study located in the Documents library on this page. Some of the concerns are:

    • There is no public space allocated in the existing building other than an entry door and a stairway to the second floor.
    • Once in the building the public is not physically separated from the operational area of the firehall.
    • No handicapped accessibility and no handicapped washroom.
    • The three apparatus bays are too short to accommodate two engines with space in-between for personnel to move quickly and efficiently to the vehicles.
    • The bays are too small to accommodate the current standard for emergency vehicle sizes.  Some vehicles are currently being housed outside or off-site.
    • Breathing apparatus facilities are currently stored outside in a trailer.  There is no sink in this area for wash down of contaminated equipment when it returns from a call.
    • Radio room, gear storage, and hose storage are all currently exposed to contaminates.
    • Existing exhaust system needs to be updated to current industry standards.
    • There is no definite separation for clean and dirty spaces - creating an approach that does not limit exposure to contaminants by our crews or to visitors.
    • No room for appropriate gear washing equipment.
    • The Consolidated Wastewater Treatment Plant will be amortized over 30 years. It just isn’t feasible to postpone this project for that length of time.
    • The Committee recommended a change of location to Duncan Street due to contamination concerns at the Barnet Street site. 
    • This is not a “big city” state of the art facility.  In fact, many small communities across BC have built similar sized facilities.


    And finally, to your point about lack of industrial areas and airport development; Council is working hard to attract industrial projects and there is presently an airport development on the table.  The Emergency Services Facility is being developed to provide facilities for the next fifty years.

    Maggie Hathaway

    City Councillor

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