Work on Fire Hall Relocation Could Start This Year
Prince George, B.C. – Fire Hall #1 is one step closer to being on the road to being replaced and there needs to be an extra unit hired, that means another 20 staff.
Those were the two key recommendations from the 147 page report presented to Prince George City Council
Fire Hall #1 handles more than 52% of all calls for service in the City of Prince George, but is the oldest facility in the City and is not centrally located in the area it is supposed to serve.
That leads to a couple of other issues in that the firehall is not able to respond to a structure fire within the required 8 minutes, and staffing shortages means they are not arriving with the required 14 person team
City Manager Kathleen Soltis says there are funds available to start design work for a new Fire Hall, once the location has been finalized. There has been no discussion of dollars. A detailed report to City Council suggested the new location be in the area of Victoria and 20th.
As for the staffing component, that would have a significant impact on the budget, “We will come back to Council with an action plan”`says City Manager Kathleen Soltis.