Thursday, June 14, 2012

Calgary Fire Department Breaks Ground on Evergreen Fire Station

Fire Chief Bruce Burrell, MLA Dave Rodney,
Ward 13 Alderman Diane Colley-Urquhart
and a fire crew from the temporary Bridlewood Fire Station.
The Calgary Fire Department broke ground yesterday on a new fire station in the community of Evergreen. This new Fire Station will serve the growing communities of Bridlewood, Evergreen, Millrise, Shawnee Slopes, Shawnessy and Somerset, as well as developing communities west of Bridlewood and Evergreen.

“The Calgary Fire Department’s priority remains the safety of Calgarians," said Fire Chief Bruce Burrell. “This is the first of three planned and budgeted fire stations that we will be breaking ground on in 2012, in addition to opening three fire stations as part of our ongoing commitment to building a sustainable fire service for Calgarians.”

In 2011, the Calgary Fire Department responded to more than 4,100 calls in Evergreen and surrounding communities, which are home to a combined population of over 57,000 people. Currently, the area is served by a temporary fire station in Bridlewood.

The Evergreen Fire Station will be 1,507 square meters in size and will house three apparatus bays. The station’s architectural features are designed for function, style and low environmental impact. The Evergreen Fire Station will be built to a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Some of the environmentally sustainable features of the new station include the use of solar energy technology for renewable energy and hot water, a green roof canopy, light pollution reduction through design and fixture selection, reflective roofing and reduced potable water waste through the use of water efficient fixtures.

The station will also offer community-focused programs including station tours, cholesterol screening and sand for icy sidewalks. The landscaping includes an open space near the entrance, designed as a community gathering area for school groups and community events.

The $15.8 million cost of the facility, land, station, required apparatus and supporting equipment has been fully budgeted for with $10 million funded by the Province of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

The Evergreen Fire Station is expected to be actively operational in late 2013.

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