An excavator chews at the walls of the former Fire Station No. 1. The structure, built at the corner of Milton and Fitzwilliam streets in 1966, has been replaced by a new structure that entered service in August. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

1960s-era Nanaimo Fire Rescue station being demolished

Former Fire Station No. 1, replaced by new facility, taken apart by excavators

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.



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