New fire stations and upgrades projects full steam ahead
It is just over a year since we received a funding boost of over $50 million for rebuilds and upgrades for 26 fire stations over two years.
The additional funding was specifically allocated from the Government’s COVID Response Recovery Fund (CRRF) and the last project of the programme – Kaikōura station – is expected to finish in July 2022.
Property Planning and Programme Manager Wayne Goodfellow says everyone involved in this programme of work is doing a ‘terrific job’.
"Of the 26 rebuilds and upgrades, nine are complete or in handover, and 17 are already in the construction stage or starting construction very soon.
“The stations that have been completed and are now operational are Greymouth, Athol, Paeroa, Pōkeno, Kawakawa Bay, Titahi Bay, and Seaview. Over the next couple of months we will complete and hand over Featherston, Cavalli, Appleby and Okaihau.
“Projects fully underway are Napier, Greytown, Balclutha, Peel Forest, Makarora, Waipawa, Taihape, Waihi, Huntly, Stokes Valley, Christchurch Central, Sumner and Kaikōura, with Darfield and Rangitata Gorge starting very soon. ”
Wayne said the delivery of this programme has been a great success so far.
"That is thanks to many people involved in monitoring, managing, and completing the work we are doing – the contractors, the consultants, the property team, Finance, procurement, the programme governance group, Service Delivery, our frontline personnel and communications.
“A huge thank you also to the brigade members we are working with at the affected stations. Their day-to-day activities can be compromised by the work going on and they have shown a lot of commitment to what we are doing.”
Have a look at some photos of the work underway or completed.