The second of two new fire stations in Red Deer officially opened today as Red Deer Emergency Services turned up the heat at the grand opening of Fire Station #3 next to the Collicutt Centre.
The new station, located in the Lancaster neighbourhood in south east Red Deer, opened with fanfare as hundreds of residents from the community joined the celebration. Following a short ceremony, guests enjoyed tours of the fire station, a free barbeque and fun family activities. Sparky the Fire Dog joined Red Deer Emergency Services crews on site to talk to guests about the new station and to teach about fire safety.
“The men and women of Red Deer Emergency Services are the pride of our City, and our fire and ambulance services continue to be upheld as the model to aspire to across our province and country,” said Mayor Tara Veer, “This station signals that our community is growing and that we are in need of safety infrastructure to support the growth, development and progress of Red Deer.”
This was the second fire station to open in the city this year, after the new Fire Station #4 in Timberlands opened in January.
“The two stations are nearly identical,” said Paul Goranson, Director of Protective Services, “We were able to achieve significant cost savings by using the same base design, so both stations were completed on time and under budget.”
Fire Station #3 will provide emergency services to neighbourhoods in south east Red Deer. The station will also be home to the Red Deer Emergency Services Platoon Chief’s office, where the Platoon Chief will manage crews at all five stations, coordinating emergency response efforts across the city.
The new location was selected based on projected growth and access to major roadways, minimizing response times. Red Deer Emergency Services follows the provincial standard High Intensity Residential Fires (HIRF) guidelines which call for a total response time of 10 minutes 90 per cent of the time, including call handling, assembly or chute time, travel time and set up.
The old Station #3 on 32 Street was transformed into Red Deer Emergency Services headquarters and will house administration and the fire prevention and training branch, as well as the regional 9-1-1 call centre.
For more information, please contact:
Fire Chief / Emergency Services Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer