Kicking Off Fire Hall Renovations with Sod Turning Ceremony Long Anticipated Fire Hall Renovations Begin
HIGH RIVER, AB – Members of Council joined the High River Fire Department on Monday morning, June 22 to kick off much anticipated renovations to the Town’s Fire Hall. The sod-turning ceremony marks the start of construction to provide the High River Fire Department with an updated building and double the amount of space to meet growing community needs.
“The High River Fire Department staff provide protection for our residents, businesses and the environment. We are all pleased that this important project is moving forward, and especially pleased to announce that another of our major projects is underway in 2020,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass.
Contractors started work on the project this week. Provisions have been made to ensure that fire department response capability will be maintained without disruption during construction.
Some of the features of the renovated Fire Hall include:
> A new apparatus bay to house fire equipment and tools,
> Improved workspaces and a meeting room,
> Updates to the main level for firefighter needs, including the ability to decontaminate personnel and equipment after a call.
“Moving important fire-fighting tools close-at-hand will help to further reduce our response times which benefits both fire staff and those we protect,” noted Fire Chief Cody Zebedee. “Firefighters, their PPE and other equipment are exposed to numerous chemicals during calls. It is important to provide a safe and healthy workplace for fire staff and providing decontamination at the Fire Hall will be a great addition.”
“It was a great kick off to the renovation project,” added the Councillors in attendance. “When the renovations are completed, we will organize a grand opening to celebrate the completion of this project.”
Renovations are expected to be completed by late summer of 2021.The existing Fire Hall was built in 1982 and has not had extensive updates since that time.