The current fire hall located at the corner of Railway Avenue and 10th Street was built in 1986, at a time when the population was approximately 4,000. With our current population and tourism numbers, the facility presents challenges to the ability to fully serve fire and rescue service needs and there is no capacity to accommodate future growth. Given its importance to the community, especially during community-wide emergencies, finding the most appropriate location requires careful analysis. Funding was approved in the 2018 budget to conduct a study to determine the most appropriate location(s) needed to provide fire and rescue services in Canmore over the long-term.
The Fire Hall Study recommendation is that two fire halls with 12 apparatus bays are needed to provide fire and rescue services in Canmore over the long-term.
On Dec. 3, 2019, Council approved a plan to construct a new 8-bay fire hall in the Palliser area (near the intersection of Palliser and Benchlands Trails). Opportunities for future affordable housing projects will be considered as part of the design. The design work in 2020 will help to finalize a budget for consideration in the 2021-2026 budget process.
A second 4-bay fire hall could be constructed within approximately 30 years - as determined by population growth.
To read the fire hall study summary report pdf click here (12.82 MB)