Residents in south Winnipeg will have peace of mind once a new fire paramedic station is built beginning in the fall.
On Thursday, the city and province committed $15 million to the redevelopment of three existing stations, plus a new one located in Sage Creek. Station No. 27 will not only service the citizens of Sage Creek, but Island Lakes, Royalwood and Southdale.
The addition of a new fire paramedic station — located at the corner of Sage Creek Boulevard and Lagimodiere Boulevard — comes as the population of the South St. Boniface quadrant continues to grow, putting a strain on current resources.
A 2005 facilities audit found major deficiencies in the city’s infrastructure and the push was made to steamroll plans for upgrades.
St. James Station No. 11 is approaching 100 years of age and will be replaced with a new facility at a site to be named in the future. It will remain relatively close to its current location at 200 Berry Street at Portage Avenue.
Station No. 12 in River Heights will move further south to Grosvenor and Renfrew. The existing facility is too small to accommodate modern fire and EMS apparatus.
Structural issues and cramped space are forcing a rebuild of Charleswood Station No. 18 located at 5000 Roblin Boulevard. Construction of the new building would close the stand alone ambulance station at Grant Avenue and Shaftesbury Boulevard.
Construction on the stations is slated to begin in the fall of 2010, pending council approval.