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October 27, 2017 3:32 pm

Fire Hall Tour This Weekend

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The referendum   that  asks for voters  approval to borrow  up to $50 million dollars  for a new  pool and new fire hall  will be held on October 28th.   Leading  up to  that vote,  the City is holding an open house at Fire Hall #1  this weekend.

On Saturday,  residents  are invited to  tour   Fire Hall #1  from  9 a..m. till noon  to  learn first hand  why  a new firehall is needed.

Then, from 1-4 pm,  residents are invited to visit the proposed  site for a new fire hall  on Massey Drive,   next to the YMCA.

The cost of building a new fire hall is pegged at $15 million dollars.   Independent reports have  cited issues with  Prince George Fire Rescue’s ability to meet  required response times at some of the locations  within the area it  is designated to serve.  Moving the site to  Massey Drive    would  provide  faster highway access for  Prince George Fire  Rescue  if there is an emergency  in the BCR industrial  site, which is within its jurisdiction.

The City already owns the property  proposed for a new Fire Hall, so there is no additional cost involved.

A similar  plan is in place for a  public open house  of the Four Season’s pool   at  a later date.


Firehall option is the better choice by far. Lets hope the City doesn t screw up!

Please make the Referendum nice and clear for the general public to answer!!!

“The City already owns the property proposed for a new Fire Hall, so there is no additional cost involved.”

There will be extra costs involved. What is the borrowing cost on $15million over 20yrs and what will the demolition and site reparation costs be?

$15 million at 3% interest over 20 yrs – the real cost is $19,965,513.52

The interest alone is almost $5 million

The independent study on moving Fire Hall #1 near the YMCA is flawed and I suggest City administration ask for a refund. The Vanway Fire hall is just up the hill from the new proposed location and is only a 10 minute drive to the BCR Industrial Site without sirens etc. If the Boundary Bridge across the Fraser ever gets built (like it should be), response time will even be less. Moving Fire Hall #1 will move it further from the CN Industrial Site on First Ave. (the major link to the Port of Prince Rupert (second largest in Canada)) as well as the City Bowl and major subdivisions such as Millar Addition, Connaught,the Crescents, old South Fort George, Assmans, the VLA as well as the light industrial area east of Queensway and the Pineview area. Fire Hall #1 is good for at least another 40 years. So I’m voting “no” to borrowing money for an ill conceived idea!

So here is a novel idea. Leave the fire hall # 1 where it is and build a new one which would be #5 where coverage is lacking? Cost would be lowered substantially.

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