Today, the Calgary Fire Department broke ground on a permanent Fire Station in Symons Valley to serve the communities of Symons Valley, Evanston, Sage Hill, Sherwood, and several new area communities. Currently, this quickly growing residential and commercial area is served by a temporary fire station in Sage Hill, and supported by four other stations.
“Building permanent fire stations in growing and developing communities ensures that Calgarians can take comfort in knowing that fire service resources are nearby and ready to help when needed,” said Fire Chief Bruce Burrell.
In 2010, there were more than 12,000 Calgarians living in and around Symons Valley. The rapid growth and progress of the surrounding neighbourhoods and the expected development of others in the area makes this permanent Fire Station an important addition to the community.
The Symons Valley Fire Station will be approximately 15,000 square feet in size, with three apparatus bays. The station will be fitted with generators able to service the full electrical load of the facility and will be built to a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)Gold standard. Features contributing to the LEED Gold achievement include heat recovery radiant panels and rain water capture into cisterns for reuse. The station will also offer community-focused programs including station tours, cholesterol screening and in the winter, sand for icy sidewalks.
The $16.1 million cost of the station and required apparatus has been fully budgeted for, with $6.9 million funded by the Province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
The Symons Valley Fire Station is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2012.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/fire
***Image: Mayor Naheed Nenshi breaking groun
d on Symons Valley Fire Station with Fire Chief Bruc
e Burrell, and Nenshi and Calgary Firefighter, Mark Meredyk, taking in the groundbreaking ceremony.