Monday, May 31, 2010

Improving Emergency Response in West Downtown: Fire Department Opens Louise Fire Station

Public Safety and fire preparedness in Calgary’s core received a major boost today with the opening of the Louise Fire Station in west downtown.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier and Fire Chief Bruce Burrell officially opened Louise Fire Station No. 6 at 360 – 8th Street S.W, with the Mayor ringing the fire bell.

Louise Station will house a fire engine and an aerial ladder truck as well as the Aquatic Rescue Team, providing closer access to the Bow River.

The station will accommodate future increases in density and population in Calgary’s city centre. This includes an anticipated 61-per cent increase in the downtown residential population and a 23-per cent increase in downtown employment over the next 25 years.

The station was developed through a public-private partnership between The City and LaCaille Group, and is part of a larger complex that includes affordable and market-priced housing.

“Over the past several years, Calgary has experienced record-breaking increases in the size and density of development in the city core,” says Fire Chief Bruce Burrell, who added this has put great pressure on the two existing downtown fire stations.

“Calgary’s newest fire hall will address public safety issues and improve response times,” he said. “Louise Station is in the best available location to meet the needs of Calgarians in west downtown.”

Here is a blog post and video of Louise Station's affordable housing opening.

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