Replacement of training structure on fire department wish list

NANAIMO - Money eyed for fire department facilities maintenance and upgrades over next few years.

Replacement of an old wooden training tower is in the works as part of planning for maintenance and minor upgrades of the city’s firefighting facilities over the next five years.

Dollar figures were released in October as part of a draft capital projects plan for 2017-21, discussed at a summary report on projects at a city finance and audit committee meeting last month.

The figures have yet to be approved by the city, said Karen Fry, Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief.

Topping the expenses is the replacement of a wooden tower at Nanaimo’s Fire Training Centre, used to practise rope rescue operations, with an updated steel structure at a cost of about $200,000 in 2017.

Fire Station No. 7 on Protection Island is scheduled to receive $36,300 in 2017 for exterior repairs, painting and to replace the roll-up doors on the truck bays.

“It’s basically been in a break-fix situation for a lot of years,” said Fry.

Fire Stations No.2 at Dorman Road and No. 3 at Hammond Bay and Applecross roads will each receive $14,300 in 2018 and 2019 in upgrades to their heating and air conditioning systems.

Fire Station No. 3 is also slated to have fencing installed around its back lot to direct pedestrians away from the paths of firetrucks exiting and entering the station and to have  cracks in lot paving repaired at a cost of about $22,600 in 2017.