A new, modern fire station is set to open its doors at 4490 Battersea Road, marking a significant enhancement in emergency response infrastructure for the region. The public unveiling of Fire Station #8 is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m.
Spanning 7,600 square feet, the station is not just a hub for firefighting operations but also boasts features primed for the training needs of the service’s 118 volunteer firefighters. Among those features are three drive-through truck bays and ample office space tailored for administrative meetings and Platoon Chief offices.
Interim Fire Chief Alex Bennett noted the significance of the station, saying, “We’ve been recognized for our volunteer firefighter training program, but up until now, space has been an issue. With this fire station, we can train more firefighters in upgraded facilities, and the additional space will be helpful for administration for our platoon chiefs.”
Its design also incorporates a suite of energy-efficient features, such as roof-mounted solar panels, LED lighting, and an air-source heat pump. A partnership with Hydro One further bolsters its green credentials, enabling net metering to counterbalance energy costs.
Mayor Ron Vandewal stated, “Council has committed within the long-range plan to invest in and update our fire and emergency facilities. This is the second new fire hall in South Frontenac in the past five years, enhancing our ability to respond to emergencies to keep our community safe.”
Residents and those interested can learn more about fire prevention and safety by visiting southfrontenac.net/fire-prevention. Updates are also regularly posted on South Frontenac Fire & Rescue’s official Facebook page.
Fire Prevention Week is Oct 8-14, 2023. Here are the events and activities happening this month:
- Tuesday, October 10: Fire Station Open Houses, 7-9 pm. See the trucks, meet South Frontenac Fire and Rescue crew members and learn about fire safety
- #BePreparedSouthFrontenac Contest, September 28-October 14. Snap a photo of you or family members doing something to be prepared in case of fire or an emergency and post it to social media using the hashtag #BePreparedSouthFrontenac and tag us or submit it using this form to be eligible to win great prizes. See full contest details at southfrontenac.net.
- Battersea Pumpkin Festival: October 14: SFFR crews will be at the festival doing demonstrations with their fire station air castle
- Opening of Fire Station #8: October 21 at 3 pm, 4490 Battersea Road
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