Located in the heart of Barrie, the new 36,800 square foot Station #1, which replaces an existing outdated fire station, is an open, welcoming community-focused building celebrating the tradition and pride of the fire service, while embracing the future. As part of the tradition, the original 1874 bell was refurbished to working condition, complete with a new electric strike and now sits atop the bell tower as a tribute to the services rich history. The building is a model of sustainable design and supports the department’s dedication to saving lives and commitment to community service. The new building sits on a brown-field site where the old Dunlop Arena was demolished. Part of the scope of work included the salvage and re-use of wood trusses from the old rink in the new design. The main floor of the design includes five drive-thru bays, an SCBA room, two dorm rooms, men’s and women’s lockers, an exercise room, kitchen, dining room, lounge, platoon chief’s room, training classroom, Barrie Fire Department offices and a small heritage space. The second floor houses the Emergency Communications Centre, which includes a dispatch area, communications offices, as well as the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief offices. The state-of-the-art fire hall will serve as the City of Barrie's emergency operations centre and was designed to post disaster building requirements. This LEED Silver project was completed in association with Lett Architects. To see a video of this project please visit us on the Salter Pilon Youtube Channel.