About the Project
Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District (SSIFPD ) is exploring options for its Ganges Fire Hall. While the building has served the community well for the past 59 years, the fire hall needs signiﬁcant upgrades to meet the operational needs of the ﬁre department. It also needs upgrades to meet emergency preparedness standards, so it can ensure continued operations in the event of an earthquake or other disaster affecting the community.
In July 2019, an advisory group of community volunteers was established to review the status of the firehall, explore options and identify possible solutions that would meet the operational and safety needs of the ﬁre department and the community.
The Fire Rescue Advisory Committee is now meeting over the coming months. Stay tuned for community events and opportunities to learn more and provide your feedback throughout the process.
Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District operates three fire halls: Fire Hall #1 (Main) in Ganges, Fire Hall #2 at Fulford Harbour, and Fire Hall #3 (Central) on Vesuvius Bay Road. The main hall #1 in Ganges is nearing the end of its operational life and options to address this are being considered. In 2007, 2008 and again in 2013, Salt Spring Islanders considered borrowing the funds required to build a new ﬁre hall through an Alternate Approval Process and two referendums which did not pass. While these outcomes halted previous proposals, the need to address the condition of the ﬁre hall at Ganges remains.
Fire Rescue Advisory Committee
- July 24, 2019: Minutes
- August 15, 2019: Minutes
- October 5, 2019: Minutes
Watch this space for updates to the process, how you can get involved and have your say, and what decisions will be made.