Construction of New Langdon Fire Station to Begin This Spring
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Spring showers will bring May flowers in Langdon, but other things will start to appear as well, including the beginnings of a new 15,000 square foot fire station to serve the community at large.
“One of the top priorities for our residents is emergency services. The construction of a new Langdon Fire Station reaffirms the County’s commitment in providing quality community services with a view to the future. I am extremely pleased to see this project proceed,” says Deputy Reeve and area Councillor Al Schule.
“The new station will be an excellent addition to the community, allowing the County to support our fire resources for Langdon and area in a way that meets the service needs for Langdon and the surrounding area today and into the future,” says Deputy Reeve Schule.
The current fire station had very humble beginnings in 1992 as an adapted grader shed. Through the years, facility updates were basic add-ons and according to County Fire Chief Randy Smith, “we have simply outgrown our existing facility.”
“We have a crew of 32 paid-per-call firefighters who respond to approximately 400 calls annually out of Langdon,” says Smith. “Our response times are exceptional for a volunteer station due to the fact that our members live and work in the area.”
The new station will be located at 24 – 3 Avenue, and will address a variety of long-term needs with the inclusion of the necessary apparatus and fleet/equipment space, training space for emergency services staff as well as satellite offices for the area Councillor, county administration, and RCMP. The thoughtful design of the station will sit on approximately 1.5 acres of land, and include storm ponds and a large parking lot that could also serve as a gathering place for events.
Because this station services a large quadrant in the southeast corner of the County, quite an array of equipment is required. The new station will provide better capacity to have all the equipment indoors as well as space for training. “Being able to offer quality training enhances recruitment and retention of paid-per-call personnel,” says Smith.
The architect is Group2 Architecture and the general contractor is CANA Management Ltd.
Completion of the project is planned for the third quarter of 2021. Once construction begins, updates will be available on the County website.
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- 1.5 acres of land
- 15,000 square feet
- Budget $9.3 million
- 32 crew
- 400 calls
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