Rocky View County Opens Elbow Valley Fire Station #101

Rocky View County, Alberta – On September 22, 2012 Rocky View County celebrated the grand opening of the Elbow Valley Fire Station #101 with a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony, a barbeque lunch, children’s entertainment and tours of the facility and equipment.

Construction of the facility began in December 2010 and became operational in May 2012. The fire station, located approximately 10 kilometres west of Calgary, consists of two 70 foot apparatus bays, and a multi-function hose drying tower equipped for training and rescue simulations, and incorporates sustainable design with energy efficient building features, and low energy light and water fixtures.

The total cost of the project was 3.8 million. The building cost of $2.7million, and all civil utility and road construction costs were fully funded by The Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) program. MSI funding enables communities across Alberta to upgrade valued facilities and services.

“The Elbow Valley fire station is a great asset for the community,” says Reeve Rolly Ashdown, Rocky View County. “We will be better able to distribute fire resources to meet the service demands for Elbow Valley and area residents today and into the future.”

The 11,620 square foot (1080 square metres) facility has the capacity to expand services as the county population grows, and can accommodate up to 10 emergency personnel. The station sits on approximately five acres of land including storm ponds and parking lot areas.

“A great deal of attention to detail was incorporated into the design and construction of this facility,” says Byron Riemann, Infrastructure and Operations General Manager, Rocky View County. “We are very proud of the teamwork and efforts made by our staff and partners to ensure the success of the Elbow Valley fire station.”

Local dignitaries including Ron Casey, MLA for Banff-Cochrane; Bruce McAllister, MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View; Rolly Ashdown, Reeve of Rocky View County; and Kevin Hanson, President of the Elbow Valley Residents Club participated by saying a few words to mark the grand opening. Following the ribbon and cake cutting ceremony, visitors enjoyed a barbeque lunch. Everyone had the opportunity to take part in a tour of the station and equipment. Children enjoyed the refreshments, face painting and caricature artist. The event was sponsored by the Elbow Valley Residents Club.


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Byron Riemann
Infrastructure and Operations General Manager
Rocky View County

Ken McMullen
Fire Chief
Rocky View County

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