Victoria Fire Department Headquarters Market Sounding

The Victoria Fire Department’s headquarters, located at 1234 Yates Street, is reaching the end of its lifespan and needs to be renovated or replaced. The City of Victoria is reaching out to the market over the next 10 weeks through an informal market sounding to seek innovative ideas and potential interest in partnering with the City on opportunities for 1234 and 1240 Yates Street.

This collaborative approach is designed to foster innovation and an opportunity to connect with potential partners in the private, commercial, emergency services and non-profit sectors.

About Victoria Fire Department Headquarters

The current headquarters building, built in 1958 and known as Fire Station No. 1, is home to a fuel station and 14 apparatus, as well as the Department’s administration, maintenance, emergency communications and dispatch, fire prevention, investigation and community education divisions, and the Victoria Emergency Management Agency. The current location of Fire Station No. 1, in combination with Fire Stations 2 (650 Michigan Street) and 3 (740 Bay Street), serve the Fire Department well in providing City-wide fire protection coverage.

Over the years, the Department’s operations have changed and expanded, and have outgrown the current space. Vehicle bays require alterations to allow for the size of the most recently purchased apparatus, and emergency power is insufficient. In addition, the building is not constructed to post-disaster seismic standards, potentially impacting the ability for fire trucks to respond in the event of a major earthquake.

Possible Options

Possible options could include the City partnering to renovate the current building, or construct a new building or additional buildings: at the existing headquarters location at 1234 Yates Street; at 1234 and 1240 Yates Street (a City-owned property which was recently vacated); at a different City-owned property; or at a property newly obtained through renting, a purchase, land-swap or partnership.

Market Sounding

The market sounding is an informal process enabling potential partners to learn more and initiate discussions with the City. Ideas can be presented informally and do not need to be submitted as a written proposal.

The market sounding closes on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4 p.m.

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