New fire hall is being planned on site of existing fire hall. (THE NEWS – files)

Pitt Meadows airport site of temporary home for fire department

Construction starting soon on new fire hall

A 19,000-square-foot hangar at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport will be transformed into a fully functional temporary location for Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Services during the construction of the new firehall.

“Council is excited to see another important project moving forward that will enhance safety for our community,” Mayor Bill Dingwall announced Monday.

“The new hall is desperately needed for our fire department to ensure that they can operate in a safe manner and provide our community with the best service possible over the next 40 years.”

Read more: New Pitt Meadows firehall in design stage

After the completion of some minor tenant improvements and site preparations in March, the fire department will begin moving operations to the temporary hall this April.

The total estimated cost for the temporary hall is within the original estimate of $500,000 to $800,000. This includes, leasing the space and tenant improvements.

“The temporary site and location meets all of our department needs and will allow us to maintain response to calls and continue to serve the community well over the coming years as the new firehall is being built,” said chief Mike Larsson.

The final design of the new firehall continues to progress and exterior renderings will be presented at an upcoming council meeting in March, including a detailed cost estimate and timeline.

The new firehall, costing about $15 million, will replace the existing fire hall on 122A Avenue, near Harris Road, which opened in 1983.

It will include an emergency operations centre, and is being built to allow the department room to grow over the next 50 years, said Larsson.

Demolition of the existing firehall is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and construction will take about two years.

The final design of the new hall will be presented at an upcoming engagement and priorities committee meeting on March 10, including cost estimates and timeline.



pmelnychuk@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

firefighters

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Pitt Meadows Launches Local Business and Services Listing

Guide provides info which will encourage and enable residents to shop local

IN IT TOGETHER: Take good care of yourself, so you can care for others

Maple Ridge woman offers series of wellness columns aimed at helping navigate through COVID-19

Historical artifact found in Maple Ridge returned to Katzie First Nation

Katzie chief Grace George is grateful to have stone maul returned

Housing market slows in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

“No urgency” says local real estate agent

Maple Ridge scout makes nifty tool to aid front-line workers

Quinn Callander, 12, is using a 3D printer to make hundreds of ear guards

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

B.C. wide burning restrictions come into effect April 16

‘Larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection’

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Look at hospitalizations, not recovery stats for COVID-19, B.C. professor says

Cases in hospital are a definitive count of people who have the novel coronavirus

B.C. First Nations want to launch fight of Trans Mountain pipeline approval

Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada decided not to hear five challenges about the pipeline

Most Read