Fire Chief Fred Burrows said at the event that the facility is built for beyond the present day and it allows the fire department to handle the dispatching for communities other than Fort St. John.
“We’ve increased the building almost three times the size. We’ve moved our fire dispatch into a state of the art facility in the building. We do fire dispatch for us and three other communities. With this building we’ve planned for the future. It’s not just for today. It’s a post-disaster building so should something unfortunate happen in our community we are planning to be standing and operational,” he explained.
He added that staff with the fire department were thrilled with the new building once they initially set foot in it.
“We appreciated the old building we had but we didn’t know how old or the signs of the times that old building did until we moved into here. It was a real move forward. It was a big, big deal,” Burrows stated.
The fire department used the occasion to pay their respects to the victims of 9/11 with a few words and a moment of silence.