First responders in Carmacks, Yukon, have a new place to work from. The town has officially opened the doors of its new fire hall.
And according to Mayor Lee Bodie, it's more than just a fire hall.
"We have the fire hall, the search and rescue, and the paramedics all under one roof," he said.
Bodie told CBC News that the facility is a significant upgrade from the community's old fire hall which he said has been around since the 1950s.
"The old fire hall would barely fit the new fire engine," he said.
"I think when they closed the door there was like, six inches left. But that's not why we did it. We did it because the old fire hall had some structural issues that in time would cause a lot of problems."
Ambulances and fire trucks parked inside the new fire hall. (Village of Carmacks)
Bodie said the water tank that fed water into the previous hall was located on the roof. He said it needed more structural support before it fell through. Bodie also said storage space was a major issue in the old building.
"The search and rescue team never had a place to put their stuff," he said. "The ambulance crew's equipment room had to be shuffled around depending on who was in there."
The new fire hall has more than enough room for the fire department, paramedics, and search and rescue.
It's equipped with showers, change rooms, and an area to do laundry. It has a large meeting room, office space, and a four-bay garage for the emergency response vehicles.
The new facility is equipped with showers, change rooms, and an area to do laundry. It has a large meeting room, office space, and a 4-bay garage to park the emergency response vehicles. (The Village of Carmacks)
Bodie said there are an additional five offices on the second floor that are currently being rented out to help offset the cost of construction.
The total cost of the project totals $8.5 million, with $6.4 million coming from the federal government's Small Communities Fund, and $2.1 million from the territorial government.
Bodie said he hopes this new building encourages people to volunteer as a first responder in the community.
"I call it the prettiest building in the Yukon as far as fire halls go," Bodie told CBC News.
"I would want to be a firefighter. I'm too old to be a firefighter but if I were younger I'd sign up just to be in that building. It's something the whole community can be proud of."