New Fire Hall Construction Update
On November 18, 2021, the TNRD Board awarded a contract for the design and build of the new Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Hall. The contract has been awarded to West Alliance Construction Ltd., for a maximum price of $1,264,120.00. The new fire hall will be built in 2022.
As an important reminder, borrowing for this project cannot exceed what has already been approved by the community, which is $653,000.00. Other funding for this project comes from a generous donation of $275,000 by Fraserway RV, as well as smaller public donations and savings. Electoral Area “E” has also allocated $150,000 as a grant to help fund this project.
We are currently working with the Loon Lake Community & Recreational Society (LLCRAS) for a long-term use on the 2 Bay structure that currently houses the fire apparatus. The 2 Bay structure was built by the TNRD on LLCRAS lease property, fully funded by the Canada Community Building Fund with support from Electoral Area (EA) Director Sally Watson.
Fire Hall Quick Facts
July 2016: EA Director Sally Watson funded a Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Department 2nd Hall Construction Capital Investment Analysis, authored by FireWise Consulting Ltd. (full report linked below)
Summer of 2017: Elephant Hill Wildfire destroys many structures in Loon Lake, including the Fire Hall
June 23, 2018: Referendum on Fire Protection Service passes by vote of 115-31
Ballot questions: “Are you in favour of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District adopting:
Bylaw No. 2651 for the purpose of establishing the Loon Lake fire protection service area within a portion of Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau) with a maximum annual tax requisition for operating costs of $150,000 or $1.546/$1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements, whichever is greater; AND
Bylaw No. 2652 that authorizes the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to borrow an amount not to exceed $653,000 for the purpose of constructing two fire halls for the Loon Lake fire protection service?”
- January 2018: TNRD starts the process of gaining a Crown lease to build the primary fire hall at the abandoned Loon Lake Provincial Park. This was a property identified in the 2016 FireWise Consulting report (pg 16)
- Fall of 2018: TNRD constructs 2 bay garage @ 1701 Loon Lake Rd, with full financial support via Gas Tax from EA Director Sally Watson. This is the original location of the Fire Department which sits on Crown lease under the Loon Lake Community Recreational Agricultural Society
- July 31, 2020: Land tenure achieved after two years of working through the Provincial process
- Nov. 18, 2021: After a Request for Tender (RFT) process was unsuccessful, a successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process led to the TNRD Board of Directors awarding a contract for the design and build of the new Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Hall
Structural Protection Kits
In the summer of 2021, the TNRD partnered with New-Line Hose and Fittings on a structural protection kit fundraising program, with the help of the Loon Lake Fire Department and other volunteer fire departments in the region. The kits are offered below retail price, with $38.00 from each kit sold being donated to your local fire hall.
If you would like to order a structural protection kit, you have the option to order a standard kit (part number CFP-4000) or premium kit (part number CFP-4001). Manual or electronic garden hose timers are also available at a reduced cost.
These kits cans can be purchased through New-Line Hose and Fittings in two ways:
- In-person, at any New-Line location. The closest store is in Kamloops at 103-705 Laval Crescent
- Order, by phone or online
- Online: Go to www.new-line.com and login using the fire hall account info: username: email@example.com, password: firefundraiser (enter “fire protection kit” into the search bar)
- Phone: Call New-Line directly, at 604-455-5400, and use account number T 1127 to get the special pricing
When ordering, be sure to use LOONLAKE as the purchase order number, to make sure the $38.00 per kit goes to the Loon Lake Fire Department.