A report was presented to County Council that recomends a new fire hall for La Glace.
According to County of Grande Prairie Deputy Fire Chief Dan Verdun, a new fire hall has been needed for quite some time as the current structure (pictured above) was built in 1994.
“Not that we’re not able to maintain full operational readiness, but what’s happened is the existing fire hall was built quite a few years ago and at the time was more than adequate to do what it needed to do. As provisions in service have increased, and the size of apparatus have gotten larger… we’ve just simply out grown it.”
“The fire apparatus used today are considerably larger than the fire apparatus at the time. What’s happened is the department in that area matured and had a requirement for more provisions of service. We do more stuff than we used to do. We find that the need for training and the housing of certain specialized equipment has also gotten larger. Again, we’ve just out grown the existing space,” Verdun added.
The project has been forwarded to 2018 preliminary budget deliberations this fall. It would come with a cost of $1.57 million.
“It’s our hope that as soon as the weather is conducive to building, we would hopefully be building sometime in early 2018,” said Verdun. “But that remains to be seen and it will be as directed by our council.”
Some additional land would need to be purchased, but Verdun says they have already been in talks with surrounding property owners and there appears to be no issues.
(Photo courtesy of laglaceab.ca)