Bezanson Fire Hall Breaks Ground for Half-Million Dollar Upgrade
The first shovel of soil was turned today to mark the celebration of construction upgrades to the Bezanson Fire Hall. The upgrades to the seven year old facility play a key role in improving efficiencies, as well as enhancing training opportunities for firefighters.
“These upgrades will help our firefighters perfect their skills through more enhanced training, resulting in improved response times to emergency incidents,” said Fire Chief Everett Cooke. “We have a great group of dedicated members in Bezanson, and we want to help them provide the best in service delivery.”
The upgrades include the addition of two apparatus bays, an upstairs training area and a 20,000 gallon non-potable water storage system.
The water storage will ensure there is an adequate water supply for firefighting apparatus and speed of refilling. The two bays will house a new Rescue unit, to be purchased next year, and a Brush unit.
The $512,000 upgrade is scheduled to be complete by mid-November.
Cooke stated that the County of Grande Prairie continues to expand and invest in its fire service in all of its stations, and that the Bezanson Fire Hall is recognized as an integral component in this model. With the County currently ahead of schedule preparing for its new fire service, the focus is now geared to training.
Presently, the Bezanson Fire Hall is manned by 22 paid on-call firefighters and medical co-responders. On January 1, 2012, the Bezanson Station will serve the southeast portion of the County of Grande Prairie.