Ontario Construction News staff writer
Central York Fire Services officials gathered at the official opening on Saturday say Fire Stations 4-5 has launched ‘a new era’ for the service.
It’s the first fire station to be jointly built by Newmarket and Aurora and the $11 million cost was shared by the two towns. Local fire services were consolidated in 2002. With a central location at 300 Earl Stewart Dr. in Aurora, along with innovative features and amenities, the station will “strengthen CYFS’ ability to respond to the needs of residents across both towns”.
Thomas Brown Architects Inc. designed the building, featuring glass to utilize natural light. The building will also feature a variety of sustainable technology. At an “uncoupling of a fire hose” event and community open house, politicians and local residents were able to tour the 23,000 square-foot headquarters and training facility Fire Station 4-5 on Earl Stewart Dr. in Aurora.
The energy-efficient, multi-story facility will be used by two working fire crews.
“The opening shows that we’re growing as a service and evolving to meet the needs of our community,” said CYFS Fire Chief Ian Laing. “This facility will help us respond to emergencies faster, provide enhanced training, and allow us to maintain equipment more effectively, while also providing opportunities for staff to strengthen their physical and mental health, a need which has been highlighted through the pandemic.”
In addition to being home to the administrative offices of CYFS, the new station houses the training division and features dedicated fitness space for the health and wellness of staff.
“Fire Station 4-5 is a real testament to what can be accomplished when we work together as partners,” said Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “This facility will undoubtedly provide top-notch fire service to not just current residents, but future generations to come.”