New Fire Hall in Palliser Area
In 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).
Design work for the fire hall is currently underway, with a goal of the building being as close to net zero carbon as possible. Enabling works will start in April 2021, which consists of site clearing and grading, cemetery parking and access roads and a storm pond. Construction of the fire hall will take place in 2022-23.
Construction Impacts - Updated March 26, 2021
- Enabling works construction will start the week of March 29, 2021. Enabling works consists of site preparation (tree clearing, grading), construction of access roads, street lighting, storm management infrastructure and cemetery parking.
- Tree clearing on site will occur between April 1 - 15.
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. To read the fire hall study summary report click here.