A September rendering of the proposed fire hall for Central Saanich

Central Saanich fire hall gets final thumbs up

New Central Saanich fire hall expected within 12 to 18 months

Monday night’s Central Saanich council meeting saw the final adoption of the municipality’s new planned fire hall.

“The building application is with staff now,” said Coun. Adam Olsen. “So I would say within 12 to 18 months we might have a new fire hall in Central Saanich.”

Final adoption of the $8.6 million fire hall comes after a past review of the municipality’s fire services indicated inconsistent response times within the area.

The district chose to adopt a two fire hall model in order to remedy slow response time in the southern half of Central Saanich, as well as to have a new, more seismically sound facility for training and an emergency operations centre.

A public hearing on the proposed new fire hall was held in September 2011. Later in the fall the municipality started the tendering process and applied for a zoning permit from the Ministry of Environment.

The municipality approved a borrowing bylaw for the project up to $8.9 million over 25 years.

“The environmental [assessment] was approved and the tender has been approved,” said Olsen. “So looking forward, we’re just waiting on the administration to approve the building permits.”

The new fire hall will be located at 1512 Keating X Rd. and will function as the fire department’s main hall. The old hall at 1903 Mount Newton X Rd. will remain in place.


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