Improving public safety for our community
The existing fire hall and police building is dated, cramped and unable to meet current post-disaster standards. It is nearing the end of its useful life and we want to address this issue proactively.
The proposed new building includes the new and expanded program of spaces needed to serve the community for the next 50 years. The planned new building will go beyond the current public safety building which holds police and fire services. The new building will include:
4-bay, updated fire hall
Municipal and regional government offices
Modernized police station
Esquimalt's first dedicated emergency operations centre
Underground parking structure for 41 operational vehicles.
The three-storey building is purpose-built post disaster adding crucial capacity for emergency response and recovery planning.
An emergency operations center (EOC) is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency or disaster management and functions at a strategic level during an emergency, and ensuring the continuity of operation of township functions. The current EOC for the township is located in council chambers. During a long term incident (flood, fire, tsunami, earthquake, biological or nuclear incident, extreme weather events and so on), it is not practical to have the EOC in the council chambers, as governance of the township must still go on.
The EOC space in the new building is also part of the “programmable space” available for public use when not occupied for emergency purposes.
The building will take advantage of natural light with the window-filled design and corner location. The building's design will meet Zero Carbon Building standards and help the township work towards its climate mitigation goals.
A feeling of connection
The layout of the site offers a breezeway that allows visitors to travel easily between the building and the Esquimalt Town Square, in addition to other retails spaces and community amenities nearby.
Bringing the public safety building facility into the modern era as a significant investment in community resilience for the citizens of Esquimalt.