PITT MEADOWS, BC – Following months of careful analysis, Pitt Meadows City Council has 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 fire hall replacement is desperately needed to ensure Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service (PMFRS) can operate in a safe manner and meet industry standards,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall. “It will also ensure that the PMFRS will continue to provide our community with the highest level of emergency services over the next 50 years.”
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.
“Pitt Meadows Fire Rescue Service fully supports rebuilding the fire hall on the existing site,” says Chief Mike Larsson. “Its central location is optimal for emergency response and is accessible to our responding paid-on-call volunteers. It also provides a number of other logistical advantages for our operations.”
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.
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.
Over the coming weeks, a request for proposals will be posted for preliminary design. As the project moves forward information will continue to be shared with the community.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows