First phase of new Kaslo Fire Hall near completion
The Regional District of Central Kootenay is reporting construction on the new Kaslo Fire Hall is proceeding on schedule and on budget.
“Despite some challenges we are on time and under budget,” said Andy Shadrack, Director of Electoral Area D.
The initial phase of the project, awarded to ENCAN Construction of Kelowna, is anticipated to be complete by March 7, which will take the building to lock-up stage.
ENCAN contracted two local heavy equipment contractors for excavation work and has hired three local area carpenters. The company is purchasing much of the required building supplies locally.
ENCAN is also making every effort to hire local workers and purchase materials locally.
The next phase of the project will see requests for quotations issued for plumbing, wiring, insulation, and drywall.
The majority of labour and supplies for the fire hall construction has been sourced locally.
“I’m pleased and proud to see a project that had its genesis in 2006 coming to fruition,” said Jimmie Holland, RDCK Director for the Village of Kaslo.
“This fire hall is a facility the community can take pride in.”
The present Kaslo fire hall, built in the 1970s, is attached to the village office.
The current structure is without a washroom and doesn’t meet current building standards.
The new hall, replacing the existing facility located next to the village office and build in the 1970s, is being constructed next to the Kaslo arena.
The facility will have enough room to accommodate all emergency responders, including ambulance and search and rescue.