The City of Brantford officially opened the new Fire Station No. 2, located at 21 Fairview Drive, yesterday, it was a small thing with a few dignitaries, and they made absolutely no mention of it in the days leading up to it as a precaution to avoid crowds. But they timed it with Fire Prevention Week.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the details of the new fire hall, the fully accessible AODA compliant facility was built to replace the existing 60-year-old Fire Station located at 311 St. Paul Ave. At 10,600 sq. ft., it was designed by GD Vallee Limited to mirror the façade of historical Fire Stations.
But it doesn’t just honour the past on the outside. It also has a Heritage Room with a comprehensive visual historical timeline that describes key events, milestones and technological enhancements specific to Brantford Fire services from the 1830’s – 2000’s. And the main element is the 1890 Ronald, one of the original steam engine pumps; manufactured locally by the Waterous Engine Works Company Limited, and carefully repaired and refurbished by members of the Brantford Fire Department on loan from the Brantford Historical Society.
The building also houses a “Community Room” planned with members of the community in mind who can use the room for training purposes or workshops once gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.
The firefighters have excellent accommodations as well, including a floor that was designed for housing, cleaning, maintenance, and repairing firefighting apparatus and rescue equipment, as well as serving as a place to train firefighters out of the elements. They have separate living quarters for male and female crew members, updated technology, radio systems and multimedia, automatic back-up generation, and improved energy star rated efficiency lighting and heating
The Kitchen/Dining/Lounge area is a multi-functional space featuring technology enabling remote access to training sessions. This advancement in technology allows Brantford Fire members to connect with any division or City staff for meetings, workshops and training opportunities while maintaining operational demands.
If you missed being there to celebrate you should know that the City, together with Brantford Fire look forward to hosting a Community Open House for members of the public to tour the facility when it is safe for large gatherings to take place again. And the City plans to release a video featuring a virtual tour of the new facility and highlights of the opening ceremony in the coming days.
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