Highlands Fire Chief Dean Ford stands out in front of the east fire hall where construction on the $1.3-million facility will be done by 2015.

New Highland fire hall features numerous benefits for community

New facility should help boost community pride, says district’s fire chief

In the event of an emergency, Highlands will soon be even more ready. Construction continues on a new east firehall in Highlands, replacing the decades-old volunteer-built facility with the district’s only seismically sound public building.

“It is going to be fantastic for the municipality to have a post-disaster building in the district,” said Fire Chief Dean Ford. “If anything unfortunate happens, we will be able to respond to our residents and give them a hand.”

The 356-square-metre facility will include room for four fire vehicles including a pumper, tank truck, a mini-pumper and a bush truck. It will also have a 400-square-foot meeting and training room and room to accommodate the eight to 10 volunteer firefighters who will be working out of the facility.

“The best part (of the new building) is the fact the building we had, if there was an earthquake (there) was a really good chance it wouldn’t have survived,” Ford said. “(This) building will definitely be there so when the residents need (us) we will be there. The guarantee the building is still standing is fantastic.”

The foundation has been poured for the $1.3-million facility and final building completion is expected in spring or early summer of 2015.

While the current fire hall served its time, Ford said, it was falling into disrepair and had areas that were no longer accessible, as well as inadequate by today’s standards.

The new facility is being built on the same site as the current building, with half of the original building coming down as the new one comes up.

Highlands Mayor Jane Mendum is also excited to see the new facility take shape.

“Council has been pleased to support the fire department’s wish to replace this hall,” she said. “It will serve the residents of Highlands for decades to come. It lessens response time having the two fire halls.”

Ford hopes the new building will breathe new life into the community and perhaps even attract some new volunteer firefighters.

“It’s less of an eyesore and (will be) something the community can be proud of.”

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Team hits the road this weekend before Family Fun Night

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

Woodwynn Farms to be shut down and sold

The rehabilitation program at Woodwynn Farms is being shut down. According to… Continue reading

Pedestrian in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck in View Royal

Incident closed Island Highway for several hours Wednesday night

Monster trucks invade Victoria

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour stops at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre this weekend

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read