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New Fire Station: Improving Community Response

As the City grows, gaps and overlaps in emergency response service requires re-evaluating station locations. Part of good governance, rethinking station locations allows us to work towards meeting national standards for response times. This is not the first time a fire station has been de-commissioned and moved.

The safety of the entire community is a priority when establishing these recommendations as part of the City’s strategic goal to improve the quality of life for our citizens, and, specifically, our four-year priority to ensure that emergency response times for the Saskatoon Fire Department meet the needs of our citizens.

On this page, you will find construction summaries, answers to frequently asked questions and background to the project planning process.
 

Fire Station No. 5

The Saskatoon Fire Department strives to provide a four-minute traveling response time to all areas in the City of Saskatoon. Geographic modelling shows this level of service and safety will be possible to Sutherland and University area neighbourhoods when Fire Station No. 5 is relocated from 105 Street and Central Avenue to closer to the intersection of Preston Avenue and College Drive.

 
History of Fire Station No. 5
  • Built 1966 at 421 Central Ave.
  • Population of Saskatoon approximately 115,247

Agreement with the Town of Sutherland May, 1955

5.       The City to make definite plans for the early establishment of a Fire Hall near to and serving the Sutherland area, and extend the present fire alarm system to Sutherland.

     A study has been carried out regarding fire hall locations which indicates that if amalgamation takes place a fire hall will be required much closer to Sutherland than any existing hall. They city has under consideration a progressive plan for re-location of fire halls and construction of new ones. At the present time it is not expected that a fire hall closer to Sutherland would be an immediate project, but it certainly is in the plans. In the meantime Sutherland would be served from one of the existing halls. The fire alarm system would be extended to Sutherland at an early date. Undoubtedly Sutherland would get just as good, and probably better, fire protection than it now receives.

 

Report to Council – January 8, 2001

… The new design will provide for a fire station with a 35-year life rather than a 100-year life. This is deemed acceptable by Administration. Changing demographics and the physical make-up of the City typically indicate that fire stations may better serve the population if they were in a different location beyond that period of time.”

 

2001 Capital Budget – 2002-2005 Capital Plan Project 1902 – New Fire Station – Erindale

Recommendation 1b)

Alternative #2 in this report – to temporarily retain Fire Station No. 5 in Sutherland until a new fire station can be located that will maintain a 4-minute average initial response time into the Sutherland, East College Park and Briarwood communities and recommend to the Budget Committee that an additional $241,593 be added to the 2003 Fire and Protective Services Department operating budget to hire 10 additional firefighters;”

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3.       A new fire station would need to be constructed in a location that would improve the response times to East College Park, Briarwood, and the southeast portion of the City, while maintaining an effective 4-minute response time into Sutherland for the first arriving apparatus.

 

Communication to Council – March 25, 2002

Alternative #2 – Keep Fire Station No. 5 open as an interim measure until a new station can be built which will provide an effective response into the Sutherland, Briarwood, Lakeridge, East College Park and South East Development areas of the City.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Fire Station No. 3

After completing an efficiency review of its operations and community meetings, the Saskatoon Fire Department has developed a new service model that will involve moving Fire Station No. 3 from Taylor Street and York Avenue to 2613 Clarence Avenue South. The project went to tender in early 2017 with construction anticipated to be compete in Summer of 2018.

This new facility will:

  • Improve response times.
  • Maintain an active, healthy & safe city.
  • Have community-use space.
 
Background

After completing a review of its operations, the Saskatoon Fire Department has developed a new service model that will involve moving Fire Station No. 3 from Taylor Street and York Avenue to 2613 Clarence Avenue South. The new model will make response times even better for the entire City, increasing the protection in the southeast corner of Saskatoon without the addition of a new station in Stonebridge. This will result in a cost savings to taxpayers of $6 million in capital (construction) costs and $2 million in annual operating costs.

The safety of the entire community is a priority when establishing these recommendations as part of the City’s strategic goal to improve the quality of life for our citizens, and, specifically, our four-year priority to ensure that emergency response times for the Saskatoon Fire Department meet the needs of our citizens.

As the City grows, gaps and overlaps in emergency response service requires re-evaluating station locations. Part of good governance, rethinking station locations allows us to work towards meeting national standards for response times. This is not the first time a fire station has been de-commissioned and moved.

One goal for the new station is to strengthen the neighbourhood amenities for the community at large, while providing improved service to the community as a whole. The new station will become part of the neighbourhood and a community partner. For example, plans include community rooms with bookable space for the Church and the community.  The space would provide an opportunity for health and wellness clinics, such as car seat check clinics. 

Map - Predicted Fire Response Areas - Existing Locations
Map - Predicted Fire Response Areas - 3 Relocated
Fire Station Conceptual Drawings
Adelaide-Churchill Neighbourhood Traffic Review

Planning Process and Timeline

Based on a design and construction start date of Winter 2017, a completion target for the project has been set for Summer 2018. 

An estimate of the planning process and timeline for completion of the Fire Station No. 3 is as follows:  

  •  Project Tendered - January 2017
  •  Project Tender Awarded - March/April 2017
  •  Design and Construction - March/April 2017 - May 2018
  •  Project Substantially Complete - May 2018
  • Operations Begin - June 2018

*These dates are best estimates and may fluctuate based on weather and other unforeseen circumstances

Design

Conceptual Drawing
Concept View 1
Concept View 2

  • AODBT Architects
  • Robb Kullman Engineering LLP (Structural)
  • Arrow Engineering (Mechanical)
  • PWA Engineering (Electrical)
  • Bullee Constulting (Civil)

Frequently Asked Questions