EDMONTON – The Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre had issues with its fire alarms Monday morning, for the second day in a row.
“We’re not totally sure why the alarm system went off this morning in the arena,” said Linda Cochrane from Edmonton Community Services. “It’s being investigated now. Some suspect that it was a humidity issue, but we don’t have that confirmed.”
Fire crews had to reactivate the system before anyone was allowed back in, which officials say is standard protocol.
Mayor Don Iveson explained that it might be a warranty issue, and sometimes it happens with new facilities.
“Often time they are warranted, so if something wasn’t built properly, the one consolation is often the taxpayers are not on the hook to fix these things; it’s the contractor who [is] asked to fix them,” said Iveson.
“If it becomes systemic, then you got to think…ok, you got to give people an extra week on their membership or something. That’s something I’m going to look into based on some of the concerns I have received this morning.”
“No one wants this to happen, and we’re certainly not happy that it did happen,” added Cochrane.
“I’ve asked the fire chief to check on the number and the volume at Terwillegar — if it’s any different than anything else. But certainly nothing been brought to our attention that this facility is any more vulnerable to fire calls.
“It’s a big facility; it has the highest attendance than any of our facilities, and the greatest amount of use. So if there is an incident, we are going to disrupt more people than a neighbourhood facility.”
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