With ground breaking on July 18, the new Veteran Fire Hall is finally taking form.
When finished, it will boast five bays for truck storage, an office, kitchen, storage space, utility room, workshop and a classroom for training sessions.
The building is 124 by 56 feet with 22 foot walls.
Veteran Fire Chief Darryl Tkach hopes this will entice more members to join their smaller force and allow more training to take place locally compared to travelling for courses.
“It will give us more room to train,” began Tkach. “Because it is a new modern facility and hopefully we will be able to bring in training courses to the village instead of going out for courses.”
The idea to build a new fire hall was decided in October 2018 on a funding partnership between the department, Village of Veteran and Special Areas.
Their previous shop was only 24 feet wide by 90 feet long with three drive-thru bays with a smaller secondary building attached housing a classroom, laundry room and washrooms, making this upgrade quite significant for the department.
“It’s a considerable upgrade,” said Tkach.
Currently, the department has seven men and five women recruited.
Move in date is targeted for early November but nothing is set in stone at this time.
“It’s really going to depend if I can keep all of the contractors without any work-loss days. We should make it but it is going to be close,” he said.
A grand opening will take place but it’s too early to tell as to when because of the earlier stages of construction.