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.
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.