An exciting new project is underway in west Lethbridge that will enhance safety as the community continues to grow. Work has now started on the City's newest capital project – Fire Station #5 – located in the Watermark neighbourhood of west Lethbridge.
This facility is expected to open in 2021 and will include three drive-through apparatus bays, living quarters, administrative and support services space as well as areas for training.
"Similarly to how the downtown Park 'n' Ride was built, the Fire Station is made of precast concrete wall panels," says Jace Adams, Project Manager with the City's Facility Services department. "This means, concrete panels are pre-constructed and then craned in place at the site. Because of this, residents will see the building go up quite quickly."
The steel frame of the building is now being constructed and precast concrete panels are expected to start arriving in a few weeks.
There is currently one other fire station in west Lethbridge. Fire Station #2, located on Whoop-Up Dr. and Jerry Potts Blvd. was completed in 1980, when the population in west Lethbridge was approximately 4,000. Today, the population is nearing 40,000 and the City's Fire Master Plan identified the need for another fire station to serve this area of Lethbridge.
"West Lethbridge continues to be the fastest growing area of the city," says Greg Adair, Deputy Fire Chief with Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services. "This new building will not only fill the current need but also address what our community will need for future growth."
The building is strategically placed south of the current fire station in order to meet needs of the growing neighbourhoods of SunRidge and the Canyons. Having additional firefighting resources in this part of the city will also improve the City's ability to assemble both firefighters and equipment in response to both residential and wild fires.
"We're really excited to get underway with this project and to grow our Fire and Emergency Services team," says Adair. "We've already started training new recruits to build our capacity for when this new station is operational."
The design and construction of Fire Station #5 is budgeted at $10.3 million. For more information visit: www.lethbridge.ca/firestation5.
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