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2014-07-02 at 10:46

New fire halls expected to be commissioned by August and December

By Kathleen Charlebois, for tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – A new fire hall to replace the old Neebing facility is expected to be commissioned by August.

That’s the most recent prediction from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue John Hay.

Both fire halls are under construction. The new Station 7 will replace the old Neebing Fire Hall and will be available and likely commissioned in late August of this year. While the new Westfort Station 6 is expected to be commissioned by December.

“The fact that we’re moving the Westfort station a little bit south and a little bit west is actually improving coverage for the southwest corner of town,” Hay said said.

The new fire halls will be fully staffed as the new Neebing station was a replacement and the new Westfort station was a replacement and a move.




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therealreason says:

When you call it "fancy", i'm assuming you mean the front conference and training rooms with the windows, as the rest of the building is clad in mostly metal, with many unfinished cinder block walls on the interior.

The "fancy ambulance building" that is a "garage for ambulances" is actually used by ALL city departments, unlike fire halls. It was designed that way because it isn't "just to park ambulances", but rather a multi-use city building. The roads division, HR, Parks, you name it book out the training and conference rooms. It's a mixed use building in order to best appropriate public funds.

Junot Ambulance station is owned by the City of Thunder Bay, unlike the ambulance stations on Arthur or Beck Streets, which are rented monthly from a landlord.

The capital cost for Junot station was also being placed in a "side pot" for greater part of 8 years out of the EMS yearly operating budget.
7/3/2014 2:59:33 PM
commonsense says:
I've read this story several times, and trying to make sense of it.
So, 2 new fire halls are being built.
A new one to replace the existing Neebing Firehall now on 20th.
A second one will replace the Brown Street station, in new location on Neebing Avenue.
Is this correct?
This author needs to be more precise with details.
7/2/2014 10:44:04 PM
tiredofbull$ says:
How much extra did these fire halls cost compared to a strait wall gable roof building? Yes they were needed but we don't always need some fancy architectural designed building. Plus what about the flat roof in the middle that is lower than the 2 sides? A perfect place for snow to collect in the winter. These 2 new fire halls could have been build at half the price but hey it is only the taxpayers money!
7/2/2014 1:39:22 PM
unknowncronik says:
"we don't always need some fancy architectural designed building"

which falls back to the new ambulance building...why did it need to look so fancy? they could have made a regular building for a lot less & saved the difference!
there is no need to make a garage for ambulances so fancy!
7/2/2014 10:18:35 PM
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