The Stonewall Rockwood Fire Hall is getting an expansion, which will make more room for fire fighters to practice saving lives, as well as accommodate all necessary fire fighting equipment. (submitted photo)
The RM of Rockwood is spearheading the expansion of the current Stonewall-Rockwood Fire hall, which promises to give the volunteer fire department more room in order to store life-saving equipment.
“We were pretty tight for space. Trucks were basically butted up against each other. It was really tight. The meeting room with 30 members in the department when everyone was there was crowded and the hall itself with our apparatus getting bigger and the limited square footage, it was just getting really cramped in there,”Stonewall-Rockwood fire chief Curtis McClintock said.
The hall is scheduled to open in early November and McClintock said that everything seems to be going to plan.
“It’s coming along quite well. It’s really close to being on schedule. They were a little delayed while waiting for the steel but the building is erected now and everything is closed in and they are pouring concrete on the floor which will give the other tradespeople an opportunity to work on the floor,”he said.
This expansion along with giving the fire fighter a little more leg room will make it so that the fire hall can accommodate newer models of fire trucks which are bigger than older versions currently being used in the community.
“(The expansion will help) with space. It’s crowded with the members getting at their gear and getting dressed, until we get the vehicles out. We’ll be able to do in house training right in the fire hall,”McClintock said.
In the meantime the fire fighters have had to move their equipment elsewhere in order for the renovations to progress.
“We can’t say enough about working with the town and the parks and recreation department who moved their stuff out of their shops and we were able to park our stuff in there and set up the hooks with our coats and pants and helmets. It’s tight but its worked out extremely well,”McClintock said.