In April 2016 Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will begin the tender process for the revitalization of Castle Downs Fire Station. The tender process will take 8-10 weeks to complete. During this time fire crews will remain at Castle Downs Fire Station. Upon the completion of the tender process, resources from Station 17 will be temporarily redeployed to nearby Hagmann Station 8 and Lake District Station 25 to facilitate necessary renovations.
To continue Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ (EFRS) commitment to protect life, property and the environment, Castle Downs Fire Station # 17 will undergo renovations beginning in the third quarter of 2016. Resources and apparatus will be temporarily redeployed to nearby Hagmann Fire Station 8 and Lake District Fire Station 25.
The location of Station 17 will remain the same and when completed, Station 17 will serve the Castle Downs community for another 40 years. The Castle Downs Fire Station, built in 1978, is one of the oldest fire stations in the City of Edmonton. Much of the building’s 38-year-old infrastructure is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be renovated.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is confident in its ability to continue to provide internationally recognized front-line fire rescue services, fire prevention programs and public education to the Castle Downs community. It is not anticipated this temporary redeployment of resources will cause any measurable change in Fire Rescue Services full first-alarm response time.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services does not anticipate this temporary redeployment of resources will cause any measurable change in full first-alarm response time benchmarks.
During the revitalization, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will redeploy resources from the Castle Downs Fire Station 17 to nearby Hagmann Station 8 and Lake District Station 25. After much research, this temporary redeployment option was deemed the best possible solution. Crews will also be driving routes within the Castle Downs community for district familiarization.
The City of Edmonton and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services explored various options to temporary redeploy Castle Downs Station operations within the Castle Downs area. Considerations we have reviewed include repurposing existing corporate assets or securing a suitable commercial space. However, these options did not meet our operational needs.
Once construction begins, the revitalization will take approximately 18 months to complete.
Built in 1978, the Castle Downs Station is one of the oldest fire stations in the City of Edmonton. Much of the building’s 38-year-old infrastructure requires extensive renovations and maintenance work to extend its life-cycle another 30 to 40 years.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Service’s Public Safety branch is taking measures to ensure all care occupancies, large assembly buildings, schools and other related high risk occupancies in the Castle Downs area have recently had a fire safety inspection and have up-to-date emergency plans in place.