Saskatchewan

Regina to look at building new $10M fire station in next 5 years as part of first ever fire master plan

The plan also includes diversity and inclusion goals under which the fire department wants to hire 25 women, 13 Indigenous people and 13 people from visible minorities by the year 2025.

25-year outline took 2 years to develop

City Council unanimously approved the Regina Fire & Protective Services Fire Master Plan on Wednesday. (Matt Howard/CBC)

Regina city council approved a 25-year master plan from the local fire department on Wednesday.

The plan has been in development for two years and lays out the department's future plans in five-year chunks.

The first phase involves the intention to build a new fire station in the next five years. Chief Layne Jackson said that is a key component.

"I mean, the plan is a living document, but it can be sped up and slowed down with the development of the community," he said. "The plan is broken down into five-year phases and it has a fire station coming online in the first five years."

The station would cost about $10 million.

Jackson said the plan aligns with the growth of the city.

"The department hasn't seen any significant growth or development — the fire department here — for about 20 years now. We know the community has grown in 20 years. We're bringing this forward to talk about how the department can and needs to grow," he said.

The plan has also been endorsed by the city's Professional Fire Fighters Association

 The fire department is also hoping to increase diversity in the workplace by hiring 25 women, 13 Indigenous people and 13 people from visible minorities by the year 2025.

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