Friday, November 2, 2012

Calgary Fire Department proudly opens new South Calgary No. 5 replacement Fire Station


On November 1, 2012, the Calgary Fire Department hosted a grand opening celebration for the South Calgary No. 5 Replacement Fire Station, located at 3129 14 Street S.W., adjacent to the original No. 5 Fire Station. The new, modernized station replaces the earlier 1952 building which was the oldest operational fire hall in Calgary.

“The history that the Calgary Fire Department shares with this area has been an influencing factor in the development of this replacement fire station,” says Fire Chief Bruce Burrell. “As CFD’s part of commitment to providing a sustainable fire service for all Calgarians, we’ve worked closely with residents of this area to ensure their fire station meets their community’s needs.”

Now that the new station is operational, the original building is being deconstructed. To honour its historical significance in the community, numerous recognizable aspects have been incorporated into the look and feel of the new structure, including the Fire Station No.5 sign, the original red brick and the antique firefighting equipment. In efforts to visually integrate with its picturesque community, the CFD consulted extensively with area residents during the design process. As a direct result of citizen feedback, the new structure presents a lush exterior with green space, pathways, benches and a permanent public art component that will debut in Spring 2013.

With the city’s population and density in residential areas increasing rapidly, the new station was designed to accommodate the growing emergency service requirements of the area. The original station was extremely small compared to present standards, making it unable to house many models of modern firefighting apparatus. From the original site’s two narrow and short apparatus bays, the new building has three bays sized to accommodate modern and future firefighting apparatus. Attention has been paid to ensuring the new station compliments the needs of the community, including moving vehicular access to 30th Street S.W., in order to improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

The new South Calgary No. 5 Fire Station was built to Gold level certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Some of its environmental features include solar water heating panels, solar photovoltaic panels on the roof to supply some of the electrical needs and Variable Refrigerant Flow air handling for reduced noise and better heating and cooling control.

The South Calgary No. 5 Fire Station serves more than 28,000 residents of Altadore, Bankview, Elbow Park, Marda Loop, Mount Royal, Richmond, Scarboro and South Calgary.  Today’s opening event was a public celebration featuring a community barbecue attended by many citizens of South Calgary.

The $14.8 million cost of the station, land and required apparatus has been fully budgeted for, with $10.25 million funded by the Province of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

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