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. The Palliser area is the most suitable location for an 8-bay fire hall, with a second 4 bay fire hall located in the Three Sisters area. The study identified two possible implementation plans:
- The first option involves the construction of a new 8 bay fire hall within the next four years, and the second 4-bay fire hall being constructed within approximately 30 years as determined by population growth.
- The second implementation plan is the reverse, with the 4-bay fire hall built first and the 8 bay fire hall built second.
To read the draft fire hall study summary report pdf click here (12.82 MB)
The next steps would be to bring forward the report for Council's approval of the report for planning purposes. Subsequent to that, recommendations would be brought to Council for consideration during their future budget deliberations.