LaSalle Groundbreaking Ceremony for Second Fire Station

The Town of LaSalle held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 30, at the site of the future second fire station, 2160 Front Road. The Three Fire Station Operating Model and Financial Plan was approved by LaSalle Council in March 2022. This model includes the existing headquarters station on Normandy St., a west station at 2160 Front Road, and an east station on Laurier Parkway in the area of Disputed Road.

"Building a second fire station shows our commitment to building a safer LaSalle. Community safety has been and always will be a top priority for both Council and administration," said Mayor Crystal Meloche.

There are several factors that have led to the building of this new station. Areas of predicted future growth within the Town in both the short to mid-term and long-term have resulted in the need for greater response capabilities. In addition, a key factor in the recommendation of additional fire stations is the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1710 guideline which requires that fire apparatus and four firefighters arrive on-scene within four minutes. With a three station model, 87% of the Town’s urban area will be provided initial coverage within four minutes. This is well above the provincial average for municipalities which is in the range of 72% for urban geography. It is also above the 75% coverage target for municipalities.

"With the Town’s growth, our needs have evolved, and this new fire hall will provide our firefighters with the modern amenities and advanced equipment necessary to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. It is designed to enhance our response times, reduce risks, and ensure the safety of our firefighters," said Chief Ed Thiessen, Director of Fire Service. "I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to LaSalle Town Council, the Town of LaSalle administrative team, our dedicated firefighters, and, most importantly, to the residents of LaSalle. Your trust and support have brought us to this point, and we look forward to serving you even better in the years ahead." 

The three fire station model is based on moving towards staffing each location with full-time firefighters. As new fire stations are opened, the target of four full-time firefighters at each location will be achieved over time. The financial plan transitions from two full-time firefighters to four full-time firefighters at each station location over a number of years The third station is scheduled to be built in 2031 and can be adjusted if needed based on future growth in LaSalle.

The tender was awarded to Gulf Developments with a bid of $9,000,000. It is expected that the second fire station will be open for use in early 2025.

At the Regular Council meeting on March 22, 2022, Council approved the Three Fire Station Operating Model and Financial Plan as presented by Ed Thiessen, Director of Fire Services/Fire Chief and Dale Langlois, Director of Finance/Treasurer. This model includes the existing headquarters station on Normandy St., a west substation at 2160 Front Road (Substation 1), and an east substation on Laurier Parkway in the area of Disputed Road (Substation 2).

View the Three Station Fire Service Model Supplemental Report presented at Council on March 22, 2022. 

Over the next two years the focus will be on the design and construction of the first substation on Front Road at the former Centennial Arena site and securing the land for the second substation. Do you want to follow the Three Fire Station Model project? Use the button below to access the public engagement website for all information regarding this project. We will update the platform as more information becomes available. 

Placespeak - Three Fire Station Model

At the Regular Council meeting on January 25, 2022, Council approved administration's report outlining a Three Fire Station Model for the Town of LaSalle. View the Dillon Consulting Three Fire Station Model Analysis report also presented at Council on January 25, 2022. A Three Fire Station News Release is available on the Town News Page.