Beaver Creek fire dept. finds a new home

Beaver Creek’s volunteer fire department moved into its brand new digs this summer.

Beaver Creek’s volunteer fire department moved into its brand new digs this summer.

The new fire hall is a 357-square metre, two-storey building that features three truck bays, a radio room, training room and water storage.

Volunteer fire chief Dan Robinson, who has been with the fire department for seven years, said it was a long time coming.

“The old building had quite a few deficiencies and issues with mould and asbestos,” he said.

“At one point we actually had to give up our training space to the community library. This is a significant improvement and much better from an occupational and health perspective.

“Everything is up to code and there is even space for Yukon EMS to put in an ambulance.”

Five volunteers currently serve the fire department, but Robinson said he’d like to see that number double.

Beaver Creek is one of 16 volunteer fire departments in the territory.

The final cost of construction was $3.03 million, according to a spokesperson with Highways and Public Works.

That’s just under last year’s construction estimate of $3.15 million.

The original design for the new building was much bigger, at 453 square metres. It also featured an additional truck bay, a back-up generator and landscaping. But those items were removed from the construction tender after two bids were received at $4.56 million and $5.2 million.

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