Councils move ahead on fire hall expansion

Armstrong and Spallumcheen proceed with efforts towards a larger facility

Movement continues on the Armstrong Spallumcheen fire hall expansion.

Mayors Chris Pieper of Armstrong and Janice Brown of Spallumcheen announced a number of initiatives – approved by both councils – earlier this month to maintain the effectiveness of the volunteer fire department.

The process to advance one of the high priority projects, namely an evaluation of proposed construction which includes expansion of the fire hall equipment bays and other essential hall improvements, is supported by the councils.

“We are committed to moving this project forward to the next stage in a timely manner in recognition of the importance of ensuring our emergency response infrastructure meets both our current needs and the demands expected in the future,” said Brown.

Lower Mainland-based Liberty Contract Management was retained in July to complete phase one of fire hall upgrade project.

Liberty Contract Management has successfully designed and constructed 16 fire hall and emergency service buildings in the past 15 years.

“We are pleased to confirm that the councils have, as part of phase one of the proposed fire hall upgrade project, received a construction analysis report prepared by Liberty Contract Management,” said Pieper.

A copy of the report is available on each municipality’s website.

The report contains a thorough review of plans and budgets previously prepared for the project; a development of a revised cost estimate for the project and a schedule for design and construction of the project.

The councils are confident in moving onto phase two of the project which will be the financing and construction phase.

To expedite this initiative and ensure appropriate oversight of the project, a fire hall project committee has been established, with two representatives from each council who will make recommendations to councils on key elements of the project as well as providing on-going oversight.

The next step will be the respective councils considering funding arrangements for the construction phase as part of their 2015 budget deliberations.

 

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