In 2019, residents were asked about how best to spend a portion of the McLoughlin Amenity Funds, resulting in a new public safety building (PSB) being put forward as one of the priorities.
The design process and construction preparation have taken several steps thus far including the formation of an advisory committee, contracting a project manager, a feasibility study, contracting an architecture firm which produced preliminary construction drawings, public consultation processes including Advisory Planning Commission and Design Review Committee meetings, as well as completed a rezoning process for the land upon which the new PSB will be situated.
June 2023 update
- The former public safety building has been demolished.
- The project has been scaled down to accommodate an increase in construction costs while staying in budget.
Improving public safety for our community
The old fire hall and police building was dated, cramped and unable to meet current post-disaster standards. It was nearing the end of its useful life and Council wanted to address the 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 an updated fire hall, emergency operations centre, CRD offices and some programmable space. The building will also be 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.