On March 5, 2019, following months of careful analysis, Pitt Meadows City Council decided to rebuild the fire hall on the existing site. A variety of factors were considered in selecting this site including: emergency response times, access, neighbourhood impacts, building costs and site size.
The new building will replace the existing fire hall which opened in 1983 and no longer meets the needs of PMFRS. The new facility would be larger and address a number of safety and operational hazards for crews such as the provision for a separate area to wash and dry contaminated gear. Currently, responding members must dress in their turn-out gear in the apparatus bay among moving vehicles and exhaust fumes which poses a high-risk to crew safety.
The City has set aside funds in reserves for the facility replacement. The final budget will be determined following a preliminary design, cost estimate and project scope review. The new building will be designed to meet current B.C. Building Codes and be seismically sound. It will also incorporate the City’s new Emergency Operations Centre.
New Fire Hall Update
Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services will be moving to a temporary location later this spring at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport during the construction of their new fire hall. The design, cost estimates and timeline of construction for the new fire hall was presented at Council meeting on March 10. Removal of the old building is expected to begin this summer with construction beginning in later this fall.
Current (old) fire hall - built in 1983 Rendering of the new fire hall
Video: Artist Rendering of new Fire Hall
This video shows the exterior of the new Pitt Meadows Fire Hall based on current designs from Johnston Davidson Architecture. As the design is finalized, there may be some adjustments made such as window locations and siding colour.
Updates and Timeline
- Design, cost estimates and timeline of construction for the new fire hall was presented at Council meeting on March 10.
- Media Release: Temporary Fire Hall Location Chosen (February 24, 2020).
- Media Release: Council Endorses Fire Hall Conceptual Design (August 8, 2019).
- On July 30, 2019, conceptual designs for the new fire hall were presented to Council. Next steps will include a detailed design and a public information session in the fall. The report is available here.
- On April 30, 2019 Council approved the recommendation to award to Johnston Davidson Architects & Planning for the design, tender, contract administration, and close-out for the new fire hall.
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Council Selects Location for New Fire Hall (March 7, 2019)
- On March 5, 2019 Council approved a re-build of the new fire hall on the current site.
- The decision to replace the aging fire hall was made November 28, 2017 following a report by Johnston Davidson Architecture & Planning that showed the high need for a new facility.