Fire stations of the world: Canada’s Conception Bay South opened the doors of three new facilities including Fire Station 1
The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador, participated in the Town of Conception Bay South’s “Doors Open” event , marking the official opening of three new municipal buildings ie the Town Hall, Fire Station 1 and the Conception Bay South Arena in February 2016. Conception Bay South Fire Station 1 is located at 879 Conception Bay Highway in Kelligrews and officers and fire fighters are supported by a team of volunteer fire fighters.
The Conception Bay South arena, firehall and town hall are facilities the municipality has built with the future in mind, knowing full well that investment in such facilities means getting it as right as they can. These buildings have to serve a growing and changing community and will have to do so for a long time.
The Conception Bay South firehall is very green, perhaps not in colour but in environmental attitude. The building is geothermal, with in-floor heating. The bay doors and surrounding sidewalks are even heated for ice-control. There’s only cold water for washing down the trucks, to conserve energy. The building is made for efficiency, not just on an economic and environmental level but to help the workers get their job done as quickly and as safely as possible.
A filling station for the air tanks draws the air from outside so there’s no cross contamination from the air in the hall. Outside, there’s a 350 000-watt generator that can handle the hall if the power goes out.
A room for a larger emergency has areas for other first responders such as the RNC or paramedics to set up shop and be able to tap into their own specific radio frequencies.
There are also new dorms for both men and women, with lockers for personal use and bunker lockers for the fire fighting gear. All lockers are vented. A smoke-filled suit won’t contaminate a locker.
You won’t find a stair in the place. Graded floors flow throughout to ensure nobody trips during a 03h00am emergency.
The old firehall could have actually fit inside the bay of the new one. The former hall was about 40 years old and all wooden.
“Oh, this is certainly much more functional,” acting fire chief John Heffernan said. “It was essentially an old barn that was turned into a garage and was basically added on and added on,” Heffernan added.
While women as fire fighters have been in the news lately, women have always been a part of the Conception Bay South fire fighting operation. “I’ll be here 26 years this month and, actually, females joined with me here 26 years ago. So we’ve had females here the whole way through,” said Heffernan.
The new town hall has also gone for efficiency, again not just with energy and environmentalism but with how it helps the town function. “We’ve got all of our main divisions under one roof now because we were spread out throughout the community,” chief administrative officer Dan Noseworthy said. “We tried to make the place as multifunctional as we could.”
As well as bringing all the working parts of the town under one roof, another goal of the building is for it to work well for the residents of the community and give them a working area where they can handle any business with the town they might have.
In 2020 Conception Bay South Fire Department painted its Fire Station 1’s machine bay windows in the colours of the rainbow. “Here’s our rainbow of hope and we encourage other fire departments to do the same. We have been inspired by the children in our town. They have been placing rainbows in their windows as signs of hope and now the Conception Bay South Fire Department has done the same. This rainbow stands for more than hope. It’s a reminder that we must stay home unless absolutely necessary. It’s encouragement that there are brighter days to come. And, it’s a commitment from our first responders and government that we are here to help keep you safe”’ said Mayor Terry French.
Sources: Conception Bay South, The Telegram