West St. Paul Council continues to improve our community’s infrastructure.
As many are aware, we have undertaken to replace our fire hall building at Main Street and Grassmere Road, next to our municipal administration building, with a new fire hall. This project is another long-term investment in our community for the current residents and our future growth as we anticipate our community’s future needs.
The West St. Paul Fire Department had previously worked out of its original 16-by-28 building, which was completed in the late 1950s, followed by a second separate building that was built in the early ’80s. Then, once our new public works building was completed, the fire department began utilizing this older quonset building in 2009.
This combination of three antiquated buildings really only offered our equipment and apparatus protection from the elements. In terms of functionality it left much to be desired for any training, office space and future growth of the fire department personnel and future fire department operational requirements.
Over the past 18 months, various forms of demolition, site remediation and new construction have taken place. As you drive by you will see we have a very impressive structure that has been built. This building will serve our fire department’s needs, and it will also house our community bylaw officer.
We will also have a designated meeting room that will be available for the exclusive use of members of council in order to have a functional space to meet with residents that will provide a safe a secure environment. Previously, council members had no options for having a space available and meetings were held wherever you could find a space.
This new investment will serve the community for many years and with the primary design function being a fire hall, our firefighters will have — in addition to the apparatus — bays with in-floor heat, a hose drying tower, a training tower that will allow for various forms of scenario training, a modern training room, locker room showers, and unisex washrooms with ample storage areas located on the main floor.
On the second floor we have office space for fire department senior staff, a training and workout room, and kitchen lounge area. We have added a new safe area for parking and on-site training. We have also worked co-operatively with the West St. Paul Curling Club and area residents to ensure we have a building that can continue to grow and operate from this location, which has been the home of the West St. Paul Fire Department from its inception.
Our firefighters are required to be cross-trained, which includes EMR training, and many of our firefighters have higher levels of training — ensuring our community has a high calibre of professional first responders available when the call comes in for assistance. Watch for our grand opening in the future and please join us for this event.