The City of Red Deer celebrated the opening of Fire Station #4 at its new location in Timberlands this morning.
“The safety of Red Deerians is always a priority and this new location will help improve emergency response times for current residents as well as new developments in the north east,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “As Red Deer expands, Station #4 will serve the growing communities in Timberlands and Evergreen, as well as future developments in the East Hill area,” said Curtis.
Changes have been made to meet the standard for response times in the new developments. The decision to relocate Fire Station #4 was made following a 2014 study, which suggested that in order to meet response times in these new developments a fire station was needed. As a result, new locations were selected for Stations #3 and #4. A new Station #3 is being built in Lancaster at 30 Avenue and Lees St, which is expected to open in 2017.
Construction of Fire Station #4 was completed on time and under budget. Significant cost-savings were achieved by using a design made to suit two new stations, #3 and #4, with only slight variations between the two. While current demands require an average of 6 staff at a time, the station can accommodate up to 10 staff in preparation for long-term growth.
Multi-use areas incorporate training areas in the stairwell, apparatus bay and in multiple places on the roof. These training areas will allow firefighters to practice high angle rescues, repel drills, standpipe operations and firefighter survival evolutions.
“Red Deer Emergency Services personnel play an integral role in our community, providing life-saving fire and ambulance services for our citizens,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Station #4 provides an opportunity for the dedicated men and women of our Emergency Services team to further their skills in service to the public using the training features incorporated throughout the facility, and to meet safety standards as Red Deer grows to the north east. said Mayor Veer.
The station has been in operations since January 17, 2017. An open house is anticipated later this year.
For more information, please contact:
Fire Chief / Emergency Services Manager
Red Deer Emergency Services
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer