The Bracebridge Fire Department is starting the move from Station #1 on Dominion Street to its new 29,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located at 225 Taylor Road.
The move to the new facility, which will serve as the Town’s main fire station, culminates 6 years of hard work on the part of Town Council, the Fire Chief and Town of Bracebridge senior staff in planning for this new facility.
Mayor Graydon Smith and several Councillors were on hand to lend a hand and help members of the Bracebridge Fire Service with the move. “The second incarnation of Fire Station No. One is finally a reality.
“The building behind me is one that will serve our needs for the next 50 years or more as the community continues to grow.” said Mayor Smith.
“By co-locating with the District of Muskoka’s Emergency Medical Services, we were able to cost share on a number of expenses related to development including property acquisition, site servicing and preparation, construction supervision costs, and storm water infrastructure, to name just a few.”
While the Fire Department is in the process of taking possession of the new building there are still a lot of final touches to be completed.
Fire Chief Murray Medley said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the entire community to come and visit this new municipal facility in the spring of next year. By next spring we will have everything the way we want it and will offer tours to those interested in taking a look at the new facility. But there’s lots of work that still needs to happen before we reveal the entire building.”
The current Fire Station #1, has served the community since its construction in 1981.
It is expected that Council will consider options for re-purposing Station #1 early in 2018.
(Photo: Left to Right: Councillors Don Smith, Steve Clement, Lori-Lynn Giaschi Pacini, Archie Buie, Mark Quemby and Mayor Smith work together to move the fire hoses into the new Fire Station 1.)