Sidney, BC.; Beginning today, Friday, May 17, Sidney’s Fire Department will begin responding to emergency calls from their new home in the Community Safety Building. The Fire Department has received an “interim occupancy permit” from the Victoria Airport Authority whose land the CSB is located on and which the Town leases.
Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen explains, “What this means is that, while we wait for the BC Emergency Health Services ambulance station’s completion and occupancy permit, the Fire Department is able to move in and begin working out of our portion of the building. Once the entire building has been completed, we will receive a permanent occupancy permit and fully move all services into the new building.”
It is anticipated that the BC Ambulance Service will move in by mid-June. Once fully operational, the Community Safety Building will be a central facility for emergency preparedness on the Saanich Peninsula. It will house the Sidney Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Services, the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization and a Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc (CREST) transmission site co-located in the building to enhance emergency communications in the area. It will also serve as an important training facility and emergency operations centre.
The Town of Sidney and Sidney Volunteer Fire Department have an official ribbon cutting planned for June 21 for the members, occupants and stakeholders involved in the development and construction of the CSB.
Following this, a community open house has been scheduled in conjunction with Sidney’s Canada Day Celebrations on July 1st where the public is welcome to tour the building and join in on celebrating this integral emergency response facility.