A Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire station that served the city since the late 1960s succumbed to the jaws of excavators this week.
Fire Station No. 1 was built in 1966 and for many years was the only full-time staffed fire station in Nanaimo.
The structure was expanded with additional apparatus bays in the late 1970s and underwent a seismic retrofit in 2001, but would not meet 2017 B.C. Building Code seismic standards.
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Faced with continuing costs to renovate and repair the existing building, which would not improve the functionality of the building overall, the city opted to replace the structure with a new main fire station on the property, which is now in operation.