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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 July 2017. 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 39-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.

When will the temporary redeployment of services begin?

Renovations to Station 17 will begin in July 2017. Resources from Station 17 will be temporarily redeployed to nearby Hagmann Station 8 and Lake District Station 25 to facilitate necessary renovations. The renovations are anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Will Fire Rescue Services response time change in our area during the revitalization?

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services does not anticipate this temporary redeployment of resources will cause any measurable change in full first-alarm response time benchmarks.

Where will the Castle Downs Station fire units be housed and deployed from during the revitalization?

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.

What other options were considered to keep Station 17’s fire units in the area?

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.

Why not build a new fire station?
Building a new fire station would require significantly more time and money. The Station 17 revitalization is a much more efficient solution.
How long will the revitalization take?

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.

What renovations are being done to Station 17?
Updates and renovations needed to revitalize the Castle Downs Station include asbestos removal, ramp repairs, and apparatus floor and roof replacement. In addition, a turnout gear room will be designed into the facility in order to address safety practices related to off gassing and contaminated bunker gear.
Will the capacity of the Castle Downs Station increase with the revitalization?
No. The station will maintain its current capacity (two units and six firefighters).
Will the revitalization of Station 17 impact other emergency response services?
No, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has been in contact with our emergency response partners (AHS and EPS) to inform them of the station’s redeployment. The temporary Station 17 redeployment will not have a negative impact on emergency response services.
How will the revitalization affect those living close to the Castle Downs Station?
We anticipate that the revitalization work will have minimal impact on Edmontonians who live in close vicinity to the Castle Downs Station. Construction will take place during business hours, with possible weekend work. The replacement of the ramp will require jack hammering which will last approximately three days. All construction work will be conducted in accordance with building code standards. If you have any issues, please contact 311.
Will the progress of the Castle Downs Station revitalization be communicated to the community?
Yes, we will communicate updates through your Community Leagues, on our website (www.edmonton.ca/firerescueservices), and through social media. We will also host a grand reopening at the Castle Downs Station when the revitalization is complete.
What other agencies have been notified about the redeployment of resources?
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has notified its external emergency response partners, Alberta Health Services and the Edmonton Police Services, of the upcoming renovations.

Additonal Information

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.

For More Information

Telephone

When there is no need for an immediate response please call:
780-442-5445

In Case of an Emergency
DIAL 9 – 1 – 1 for all life threatening situations & crimes in progress

TTY: 780-425-1231

TTY 780-944-5555 code: erdinfo
Fax 780-496-1518
Email efrsinfo@edmonton.ca

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