Official opening of the new emergency services building in Langdon

Langdon just opened its new Emergency Services building on June 4, providing storage space for devices and fleet/equipment, training space and a satellite office for the Regional Councillor, the administration of the County and RCMP officers.

Langdon’s new Emergency Services Building officially opened on June 4, and Rocky View County celebrated the occasion with a formal ceremony.

The new and improved Langdon Fire Hall has 15,000 square feet of space on 1.5 acres of land.

“We are very proud of the building. It is a beautiful facility and I believe it will serve the citizens of Langdon, and RVC in general, for many years to come,” said RVC Fire Chief Randy Smith. “[It will] provide room for growth and allow us to maintain this truly effective volunteer force.

The old fire station had very humble beginnings, as it was built in 1992 in a suitable grader shed. That 30-year-old station has now been replaced with the new station for $9.3 million, according to the Province of Alberta.

Langdon fire crews serve a large area in the southeast corner of the county, which means an array of equipment is needed.

“We had some gear stored outside and we even had some stored at local farmers who were kind enough to store some of the gear for the firefighters,” RVC Coun said. Al Schule, councilor for Division 7, which includes Langdon.

Smith added that having all the equipment stored under one roof is a huge improvement and means Langdon firefighters are able to muster and deploy much faster with everything ready for volunteers.

The station is strategically placed in the center of the hamlet for easy access to the highway and quick response time.

Langdon’s emergency response time is already routinely under four minutes, which is exceptional for a volunteer force, according to Smith.

After Balzac and Bearspaw, the Langdon station is RVC’s third-busiest station, he noted, receiving between 400 and 450 calls each year and growing.

“We’re really lucky that people live and work there, so we can use the strength of volunteers, even if the call volume is quite high,” Smith said.

The new building is large enough to accommodate all the volunteers, who vary between 32 and 40 members, and can be used as an operations center.

“It’s a much better space for volunteers to work in,” Smith said. “Now we have a training area for them, indoors and in the parking lot.”

Not only does the new station provide sufficient storage space for aircraft and fleet/equipment and training space, but it also serves as a satellite office for the Regional Councillor, County Administration and County Officers. RCMP.

“It’s so much more than just a fire station,” Smith said. “It’s a multi-purpose building that houses the RCMP, so we have a community policing office there.

County administrative staff will be on duty to help people with any inquiries and the RCMP will now be able to provide all services to residents as well.

Instead of constables returning to an RCMP office in Strathmore, Schule said they could be more visible in Langdon and do their paperwork in the hamlet.

“That should give them more time to do what they’re supposed to do instead of driving back to the office,” he said.

Schule added that the project was planned for a few years, approved by the RVC board in December 2018, and was much needed in the ever-expanding community.

Both Smith and Schule pointed out that Langdon is growing steadily – the hamlet has a population of over 5,000 – and it won’t be long before its population doubles.

“It’s really about looking to the future for this community and having this facility that will keep pace,” Smith said.

“I’m just thrilled, it’s fantastic,” added Schule, noting that the June 4 ceremony was well attended and organized.

Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver, Bow River MP Martin Shields and Chestermere-Strathmore MP Leela Aheer also attended the ceremony.

Richard F. Gandhi