New Fire Station: Improving Community Response
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 will go 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.
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.
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