Construction to Begin on Port Renfrew Fire Station & Community Centre

Jul 18, 2009

Victoria, BC- The rural community of Port Renfrew, in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area will soon have a new fire station and a renovated community centre, thanks to community, the Pacheedaht First Nation and the Provincial Government’s Towns for Tomorrow funding.

A partnership between the Pacheedaht First Nation and the CRD, who administer service provisions for the community, will see the construction of a new fire station shell and the purchase of a much needed fire pumper truck and equipment. The Province of BC has provided $400,000 in funding to help complete the interior of the fire station and install energy upgrades to the town’s community building, which operates youth programs and social services throughout the year.

“Port Renfrew is a community in great need of improved fire protection,” said Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan. “I am pleased that the Province was able to contribute to such a necessary project.”

Situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, 110 kilometres north west of Victoria, Port Renfrew is a small rural community of approximately 200 residents, including Pacheedaht First Nation members.

“This is great news for the community of Port Renfrew,” said Mike Hicks, Regional Director of the Juan De Fuca Electoral Area. “I am proud to have been part of the process that will see these projects finally come to fruition.”

The new fire station has been designed by Architect Curtis Paxton Miles to reflect a West Coast and First Nations theme with the use of cedar logs donated and prepared by the Pacheedaht First Nation for the fire station’s external features.

“Our partnership with the CRD on this project has strengthened ties and brought the two communities together,” said Pacheedaht First Nation Chief Marvin McClurg. “The new fire station, truck and much needed equipment will prove of great benefit to all residents in Port Renfrew“.

The overall project is estimated to be complete by Spring 2010 at a budget of approximately $1.32 million. Tri-City Contracting of Duncan is the successful bidder on the fire hall tendered project; the community centre upgrade project is expected to be tendered in early August of this year.

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