The new three bay hall and emergency command center was possible due to the Fire Department maintaining the insurance policy on the water tower and the payout of insurance monies, a Joint Emergency Preparedness Planning grant for the relocation of the Emergency Command Center from the municipal office and a generous grant from the Glenboro Soils Management Association. The insurance company was originally offering a very small cash payout, but the Fire Board successfully negotiated a much larger sum which resulted in the new fire hall being built. Final figures will be available at a later date when all the work has been completed.
The final draft was prepared after careful planning by the Building Committee and visits to fourteen fire halls throughout the province. These visits enabled the department to select not only the good ideas but also to avoid ones they didn’t want. The end product has a close resemblance to the Shoal Lake Fire Hall. Blue prints were drafted and after some modifications the project was let to tender. Bjorn Enterprises was selected to do the construction which got underway in the early summer of 2009.
The new hall was built not just for the current needs but hopefully takes into consideration the community requirements for many years to come. The exterior is metal clad with the interior bay area and washrooms covered in a white vinyl panel. The balance of the structure is done in drywall. Entering from the east entrance you come into the bay area or apparatus floor where the trucks and other material and turnout gear is stored. A hose tower at the rear of the building stands 30 feet tall so that wet hoses can be hoisted upwards and vertically hung to dry. A washing machine, dryer and clean up sink is along the north wall so firefighters can clean up their gear. At the rear of the building, a separate room houses the compressor room with an air compressor supplied by the office of the Fire Commissioner for filling the compressed air tanks (SCBA breathing gear). This room has a separate entrance so that the fire departments from neighbouring communities within the mutual aid district can have access to fill their tanks without access to the rest of the fire hall. Returning to the front of the hall, along the north side, there is an office and a communications room. Adjacent to it is a large meeting/training room. These rooms are wired for telephone and computer as well as intercom. A fully equipped kitchen runs across the back portion of the room thanks to funding from the Westoba Credit Union, Millshof Colony, JEEP grant and fire department funds raised through various projects. Bathrooms, a tool storage room and the mechanical room complete the main floor tour. Upstairs the mezzanine floor over the non-bay area of the main floor consists of a storage area that also serves as a training area and a large meeting room complete with a partial kitchen area and a bathroom.
The entire completion of the fire hall could not have been accomplished without a lot of volunteer help. Special recognition goes to Theodore Jonsson, Garth McIntyre, Steve Bjornson, Darrin Willaimson, Brett Cornock, Wayne Davidson, Robert Gudnason, Trevor Drinkwater, and Corey Buckle who put in many volunteer hours, as well as the members of the fire department who came out to work at the various work parties that were called.
This fire hall should meet the needs of the fire department for many years as well as serving as an emergency command center that was legislated by the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, complete with 24 hour command capabilities. This structure can also serve the community as an emergency shelter for a large number of people should the need ever arise during a disaster.