Photo by Chung Chow
The doors are set to swing open at the new administrative home of Richmond Fire-Rescue services.
Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, located at 6960 Gilbert Rd. on the southwest corner of Minoru Park, will hold a brief opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. There will also be an unveiling of a public art installation, a bronze sculpture of a Richmond firefighter, by artist Nathan Scott.
The public is also welcome to drop by and enjoy family fun activities, self-guided tours, a display of fire vehicles and to meet staff during an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The completion of construction of the new Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 marks a significant milestone to achieving council’s commitment to a safe community,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. “The opening of this new facility will mean that over the last 15 years, most of Richmond’s major public safety facilities have been replaced or updated to meet community needs and modern seismic standards.”
The new 2,344-square-metre (25,240 square feet) facility is sustainably designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standards and will be post-disaster rated to ensure it remains operable in an emergency.
Community safety continues to be a top priority for Richmond City Council. About 37 cents from every tax dollar goes toward police and fire-rescue services, as well as emergency programs.
Parking is limited and the public is encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transit to the event.
The city’s free secure bike parking system, known as Wheel Watch, will be set up for cyclists. And a free shuttle will be operating from the Richmond City Hall parking lot to the new fire hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The opening of the new firehall means that the temporary firehall across the street will be used instead by the Richmond RCMP as a Downtown Richmond police station.
FIRE HALL FAST FACTS
• $24.4 million No. 1 Fire Hall replaces the 50-year-old Brighouse Fire Hall
• 25,240 square foot facility is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold standards and designed to be a net-zero energy ready building
• new building is post-disaster rated to ensure it remains in operation in an emergency
• new facility also houses Richmond Fire-Rescue’s administrative offices, fire prevention and community relations
• The City of Richmond’s emergency programs department will also be located in the new hall
• unique features include state-of-the-art rapid opening, horizontal bay doors, which will help speed up response times in emergencies, while also incorporating sustainable features that optimize energy efficiency and operating requirements