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). Please see below for site location, initial drawings and construction updates.
Location and Design
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 for the site have started, which consists of site clearing and grading, cemetery parking and access roads and a storm pond. Construction of the fire hall is scheduled to take place in 2022-23.
Construction Impacts - Updated June 7, 2021
- Enabling works construction is underway. Enabling works consists of site preparation (tree clearing, grading), construction of access roads, street lighting, storm management infrastructure and cemetery parking. The following work has been completed or is in progress:
- Tree clearing complete
- Cut and Fill is in progress
- Parking lot at bottom of site has been removed
- Road and cemetery parking construction is in progress
- The cemetery will remain open during construction.
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.