Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services is pleased to announce the recent arrival and set up of two Fire Training facilities. These new purpose-built facilities are designed to support the diverse training needs of multiple Fire Stations in the region.
On June 14, 2018, the first of the two facilities arrived at the Emergency Response Center at 4814-42 Avenue in Mayerthorpe, and on June 15, 2018 the second facility arrived at Ste. Anne East Fire Station at 2317 Township Road 545 in Lac Ste. Anne County.
These two custom-designed and purpose-built facilities are situated for use by the Fire Stations in the West (Stations 4, 6, 7), and East (Stations 3, 5, and East) ends of Lac Ste. Anne County. They will facilitate the ongoing training needs for structural firefighting and response, rescue response, utilities and commercial sprinkler emergencies, and a multitude of other essential firefighting skills.
Although similar in design and purpose, slightly different floor plans were ordered to offer options to firefighters across the County and region. Designed and purpose-built systems are either constructed on site; usually of concrete or prefabricated steel. In the County’s situation, sea transport containers (Sea Cans) were converted and manufactured as a lower-cost option. Each of the new training facilities encompass the use of three Sea Cans, with external and internal metal stair cases and associated platforms. Each have poured concrete floors and specially manufactured vents and window openings. The use of non-combustible metal containers offers repetitive training environments where live fires can be lit in a fuel-controlled environment to safely train responders in elements of interior attack for the purposes of life safety and property conservation.
“We’re very pleased with these two installations,” remarked County Fire Chief Randy Schroeder. “The entire crew is appreciative to Lac Ste. Anne County Council, and to our corporate For-Profit and Not-for-Profit sponsors – in addition to the Town of Mayerthorpe for its partnership in the Mayerthorpe site.”
The installation of these sites satisfied vital elements of Lac Ste. Anne County’s strategic plan. With a total project cost of $129,000.00, more than $40,000.00 for both projects was funded through direct corporate grants, reducing the tax burden significantly.
“Collaboration was the key for this legacy building initiative,” continued Fire Chief Schroeder. “These facilities will augment the training needs of Fire Services for the next 30 years.”