Today MLA Moe Amery and special guests joined Fire Chief Bruce Burrell and the Calgary Fire Department in celebrating the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Windsor Park Replacement Fire Station No. 11. The new station will be located adjacent to the existing building at 5536 – 4th Street S.W., and will continue to serve the surrounding communities including Erlton, Windsor Park, Parkhill and the Fairview and Manchester Industrial areas.
Fire Station No. 11 was built in 1957 and houses two narrow vehicle bays that do not allow for deployment of various types of firefighting apparatus. As a result of substantial area growth and increased demand for fire services, a replacement station is necessary to better meet the safety requirements of the area’s citizens.
“The Calgary Fire Department is committed to serving the residents of Calgary with the most appropriate firefighting equipment,” says Fire Chief Bruce Burrell. “The original station is at the end of its life cycle, and this replacement station will better equip us to meet the fire service needs of the area. Not only will it be environmentally sustainable, it will allow us the space to accommodate modern apparatus without the restrictions and limitations of the existing station.”
The replacement station will support an additional bay and will have the space to accommodate modern firefighting apparatus. It will meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards in order to minimize its environmental impact. Some features contributing to its LEED Gold rating include solar water heating panels, storm water management and use of permeable surfaces, a reflective roofing system, solar photovoltaic panels on the roof to supply some electrical needs, and others.
The new Windsor Park Fire Station will continue to offer community-focused programs including station tours as well as blood pressure and cholesterol screening.
The $17.25 million redevelopment project, including removal of existing infrastructure, has support from the Government of Alberta’s Alberta Municipal Infrastructure Program ($8 million), and from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative ($8.75 million) with $500,000 coming from tax supported capital funding.
The station is anticipated to be fully operational in spring of 2014.
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