The Pitt Meadows fire department added additional resources this year, but has no plans to grow further in 2020.
“We will be conducting an internal fire service review next year. Once concluded, we will determine if additional resources will be required to maintain our current service levels,” said fire chief Mike Larsson.
He was appointed to the position early this year following the retirement of former chief Don Jolly in late 2018.
Two hires this past year meant fire crews had better daytime coverage of the community.
“We hired two additional resources in March of 2019 to allow us to have coverage from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week,” he said.
On Dec. 11, Larsson presented the 2020 department’s business plan to council.
The department will have a $1.8 million operating budget and $8.9 million for capital projects.
One of the major projects in the new year includes replacing the current fire hall, for which $8 million was set aside.
The building will replace the existing fire hall, which opened in 1983.
A 2017 feasibility study found the existing hall was significantly undersized and required seismic upgrades.
While the fire hall undergoes construction, Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Service will remain fully operational.
The construction of the new fire hall is expected to cost $15 million, and expected to reach completion in fall 2022.
Fire and rescue services account for 8.1 per cent of the city’s 2020 budget.