Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Emergency Response Station serves four growing SE communities

An exciting firefighter relay including kids and adults was part of the March 26 celebration to officially open the Calgary Fire Department’s new Seton Emergency Response Station and Seton Multi-Service Facility in the southeast.

The adults, however, were not your everyday citizens. Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell along with MLA and Associate Minister of Public Safety Rick Fraser, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and City Councillor Shane Keating assisted four local children in a fun relay. The adults helped the kids quickly put on child-size firefighter gear, pull heavy fire hoses, attach nozzles and then run to ring a fire bell.

“Our favourite part was ringing the bell,” said six year-olds Sophie Ramsay-Mathias and Eva Taylor, who participated in the relay. They both agreed that dragging the fire hose was the toughest part of the challenge. The other mini-firefighters were Liam Cox and William Thompson, also six years old. William, who was teamed up with Councillor Keating, was the first to finish and ring the bell.

The public event, which attracted more than 400 people from the community, included a chilli lunch and interactive booths hosted by the Calgary Police Service, Animal & Bylaw Services, Calgary Parks, Calgary Firefighters Museum and the Calgary Fire Department.

Fire Chief Burrell said the new Seton Emergency Response Station opened at just the right time for the Calgary Fire Department to keep pace with community growth.

“The critical point at which we want to have fire protection in place for new communities is a population of 25,000. This fire station opened when the population was 24,000,” explained Chief Burrell.

The new facility is located next to the South Health Campus on Seton Drive S.E. and provides services to the communities of Auburn Bay, Cranston, Mahogany and Seton. Besides housing the Seton Emergency Response Station, the multi-service facility also holds offices for the City of Calgary Parks, and will eventually be a home for the Calgary Police Service and Animal & Bylaw Services.

See the whole event in our LIVE VIDEO Video recording of the Seton Multi-Service Facility grand opening.

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