October 28, 2014 12:10 pm

No new fire hall for Stonebridge – yet

Saskatoon city council defers fire hall for Stonebridge until more suitable location can be found.

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SASKATOON – Stonebridge will not be getting a new fire hall – yet, but one is coming in the future.

City council voted Monday against building a fire hall on Melville Street as originally intended.

A new fire hall will be built in the area but a better location needs to be chosen.

The decision has left some locals disappointed.

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“They’re not arriving for almost 7 minutes. At that point, you’re sending the wrong vehicle, you’d need to send a coroner to take out the body bags,” said Stonebridge resident Ryan Gerstmar.

Fire Chief Dan Paulson explained to councillors the Melville location would not be worthwhile as crews are currently meeting the national standard of six-and-a-half minutes or less from time of call until crews arrive.

“We’ve got multiple examples of calls all through Stonebridge that we’re there in a four minute time response,” said Paulsen.

With the decision, the city can now sell the land for $5.6-million, which will be used to build a fire hall on the city’s far east side in the developing sector on Holmwood.

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