Council Endorses Fire Hall Conceptual Design

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PITT MEADOWS, BC – Mayor and Council have endorsed the conceptual design and directed staff to proceed with the detailed design of the new fire hall. The new facility will be built on the existing site and includes: a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), underground parking and additional space to accommodate future demands. The new fire hall will be three stories or 11.7m high which is consistent with homes in the neighbourhood. 

“This forward thinking design will provide the best facility possible for the City for the next 50 years and enhance Pitt Meadows Fire Rescue & Services (PMFRS) response capabilities,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “The new fire hall will also have a dedicated EOC which is critical for our ability to effectively support our community during a major emergency.” 

The project involves demolition and temporary relocation of the fire hall to the gravel parking lot to the west of the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre across from Pitt Meadows Elementary School. The PMFRS will remain fully operational throughout construction. The apparatus bays will be positioned to allow for safe maneuvering of emergency vehicles. The proposed layout allows for a quick operational response.  Both the temporary location and the existing fire hall site are located at the centre of Pitt Meadows which provides easy access to fire fighters from their homes to facilitate a quick emergency response. 

In 2016, roughly $10 million was earmarked to fund the construction of the fire hall. At the time, the scope and site operational requirements were not fully known. Since then, space to accommodate a fully operational EOC, underground parking, provision for future needs and temporary site was added to the project scope. This increased the high-level project cost estimate to be between $13.2 to 14.9 million. As the design progresses, the scope and estimated project cost will be refined. 

“The total cost to build a new fire hall will be funded by internal reserves without the need to borrow and without a tax increase,” says Chief Administrative Officer Mark Roberts. “During detailed design, staff will explore grant opportunities review project scope to ensure the appropriate size building is constructed while achieving operational needs.”  

“This much needed new fire hall will provide our members with the space and facilities to operate in a safe manner, conduct important training and give the community the best level of service” says Fire Chief Mike Larsson.  

The new building will replace the existing fire hall which opened in 1983 and no longer meets the needs of the Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service (PMFRS).  The construction of the new fire hall is part of a five-year Council approved process. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and is anticipated to take approximately two years to complete.  

This fall, the City will host a community information session to inform residents of the proposed designs. Detailed design and refined cost estimates will be presented to Council near the end of 2019. 

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge, 
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows 
p. 604.460.6704