TOUR THE FIRE STATION
Our fire station is located at 130 Rupert Road East. The two storey station houses four main apparatus, along with command trucks and a special operations trailer. The site provides a large enough training area to house a four storey training and hose tower, a pump testing and training pit, an auto extrication area, as well as a training building.
The 15,625 sqft building uses solid mass timber panels for the roof structure allowing for larger spans with fewer supports while providing good insulation values. Electrical power for the station is partially supplied through 96 solar panels which provide over 180 kWh of power on a sunny summer day. Any power that is not used in the building is returned to the hydro grid at a credit.
The station is equipped with an administrative area, fitness room, kitchen, small meeting room and a larger training room that is also used for the Emergency Operations Center.
THE TRAINING BUILDING
The 1,280 sqft, two storey training building was funded through a Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund joint grant with Coombs Hilliers and Dashwood Fire Department in 2020. The building is primarily used for weekly crew training, and also hosts large training events that bring together departments across the island, region and province.
The Hose Tower is a four storey, concrete tilt-up construction structure that is accessed through the hose storage area of the station and is used to dry hose and equipment. The Tower is also used for ladder and technical rescue training and scenarios.
PUMP TEST PIT
The pump test and training pit is a 32,000 gallon underground water storage tank that permits the recycling of water during pump testing and pump operator training. The pit can also be drained and used for confined space training by the technical rescue team.