The St.Marys Fire Station is getting a major facelift to the tune of $3.1-million.
St.Marys Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a major renovation to upgrade and modernize the 55-year-old facility.
Officials say the project will significantly improve health and safety conditions for the department’s volunteer firefighters and it will include new, gender-neutral showers, washrooms and change areas.
It will also feature expanded storage where firefighters can safely sanitize and dry their gear, as well as upgraded ventilation systems to remove excess vehicle exhaust and gasses from the building.
Work on the fire hall is expected to start in April and should be completed late this fall.
All fire operations and staff will be moved to the nearby Municipal Operations Centre while the renovations are being done and the fire department says there will be no impact on response times while the work is being done.
The Town plans to fund the project through a loan, public donations, development charges and existing reserves.