Saskatoon's fire chief says the city needs two new fire halls instead of four.
This is the new northwest site, at Claypool Drive and Latrace Road, where fire chief Dan Paulsen recommends the city build a new fire hall. (Steve Pasqualotto/CBC)
Five years ago, city planners anticipated needing four new stations. However, fire chief Dan
Paulsen said if the locations of two planned halls — one in the south and one in the city's northwest — are moved slightly, firefighters will only need two new halls over the next 10 years.
This site in Stonebridge would no longer be used to build a fire hall if the city decides to follow chief Dan Paulsen's recommendations. (Steve Pasqualotto/CBC)
"We're looking so that our response time from the station, 90 per cent of the time, is 4 minutes," he said. "And by realigning where these positions are we can continue to do so to the best of our ability."
The fire chief said that if the city goes ahead with his recommendations, it could save about $14.5 million.
Construction on the new station in the city's northwest area is expected to get underway in 2016 and open in 2017.
No date has been set for the second one in the south.