Friday, August 10, 2012

Calgary Fire Department breaks ground on Seton Multi-Services Centre

Fire Chief, Bruce Burrell, Calgary-Southeast MLA, Rick Fraser & other members of the Calgary Fire Dept. & Calgary EMS
The Calgary Fire Department ceremoniously broke ground Thursday on a Multi-Services Centre in the community of Seton.

The southeast facility is set to open in 2013 and will serve approximately 20,000 Calgarians that currently live in the expanding communities of Seton, Auburn Bay, and Cranston.

“The development and establishment of the Seton Multi-Services Centre will help the Calgary Fire Department better meet the emergency response demands coming from growing communities in the area” says Fire Chief Bruce Burrell. “Our top priority is to provide Calgarians with a reliable and responsive emergency service.”

In addition to providing emergency response service, fire crews will offer Calgarians a number of other programs including free blood-pressure testing and needle drop-off.

In 2011, the Calgary Fire Department responded to more than 50,000 calls for help. Of that total, 406 calls involved incidents in Seton, Auburn Bay and Cranston.

Meanwhile, from January 1 to June 30 of this year, the Calgary Fire Department responded to 204 incidents. And between January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 approximately 40 per cent of those calls were medical/rescue responses.

The population in the Seton area has increased by nearly 44 per cent in the last three years, with future growth on the horizon. The area is currently mainly served by a fire station located north of Auburn Bay in McKenzie Towne. The Seton Multi-Services Centre will help to eliminate responses made into the area by this station, freeing firefighters to respond to other emergencies.

The Seton Multi-Services Centre will be built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. All LEED certified buildings are designed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill sites, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve energy and water. The landscaping and architectural design will help to ensure the best possible integration within the fabric of the community.

The centre will offer services from several City of Calgary departments such Community and Neighbourhood Services, Animal and Bylaw Services and the Calgary Police Service.

Total cost for the building, land and related equipment is $19 million. Of that total, $15.8 million dollars will be funded through the Province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

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