For Release: October 22, 2010
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 22, 2010 – The Honourable Lynne Yelich, MP Minister of State, The Honourable Darryl Hickie, Minister of Municipal Affairs, The Honourable Don Morgan, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, His Worship Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon, and Chief Brian Bentley, Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services, today celebrated the official opening of the new Fire Station #8 in Saskatoon.
It will be the city’s ninth fire station, and will serve the neighbourhoods of Rosewood, East College Park, Briarwood, and Lakeridge. This Lakewood Suburban Centre fire station will be able to meet the national four-minute response time standard for the neighbourhoods it serves. It is also strategically placed to contribute to the eight-minute full first alarm response on the east side of the city. The station will employ 40 firefighters to work rotating shifts on two fire service apparatus’.
The cost of constructing and equipping Fire Station #8 was $5.4 million. The Provincial Government provided Saskatoon with $22 million from its MEEP funding (Municipal Economic Enhancement Program) announced in 2009.
“Saskatoon is moving forward and that means having the infrastructure in place to keep people safe and secure,” said Hickie. “Through this investment we are helping the community, creating employment opportunities, and meeting the infrastructure needs of Saskatoon.”
“This new fire station enhances the safety of our residents, and ensures the prompt and timely delivery of emergency services,” said Mayor Donald Atchison. “Our city is growing, and with the help of the Provincial Government, we are able to meet the needs of our citizens now and in the future.”
Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services (SFPS) provides a wide range of emergency and non-emergency services including fire suppression, dangerous goods response, technical rescue including surface water and dive rescue, emergency medical services, inspection and Bylaw/Code enforcement, and community relations. In addition, SFPS is responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization, and prepares citizens and organizations for potential large-scale emergency situations.