Ottawa pumps $3.7M into new, energy-saving Port Stanley fire station
St. Thomas Times-Journal

Port Stanley is getting a new, energy-saving fire station thanks to $3.7 million from the federal government.

The new state-of-the-art facility will be located at 4980 Sunset Dr., just north of the Lake Erie community, replacing the existing station in Port Stanley.

The new building will be close to 929 square metres, almost twice the size of the current, 1970s-era building that Central Elgin Fire Department outgrew long ago, Chief Chris McDonough said.

“We house about 25 firefighters and down where we are now, we don’t even have a place to park,” said McDonough, calling the new station a morale booster for the volunteer-based department.

“We’re thinking that full-time firefighters are going to be here within 10 to 15 years with the call volume that we have now . . . (and) this gives us a lot of room and a lot of room for the future.”

The project, in the planning stages for a decade, has a total price tag of $4.2 million, so the federal money — part grant and part loan — was critical to making it a reality, said Central Elgin Mayor Sally Martyn.

“That’s making all the difference,” she said. “We’ve been looking for a site for quite a long time to move in and to build a new fire station.”

The station’s net zero design — meaning it will produce as much energy as it consumes — was critical to winning the funding from Ottawa’s Green Municipal Fund, which invests in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Among other features, the new facility will include solar panels and environmentally friendly plumbing fixtures to help cut station energy use by 45 per cent.

The building, to be completed by next spring, will be built using cross-laminated timber (CLT), a “low-carbon” material.

“Outside of the transportation industry, one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions comes from buildings, and that’s why it is so critical to ensure more buildings are producing net zero emissions,” said MP Kate Young (L-London West), parliamentary secretary to Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly.

“Transitioning their fire station to net zero will help them to continue to serve their community for decades to come.”

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