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Future Project Schedule

It is anticipated that 2016 will be the year of building a new fire hall on Hornby Island. The major milestones for the project schedule are listed below:
Dec 2015 Geo-technical analysis of building footprint.Final Tender package document development.
January 5, 2016 Tender documents issued to the pre-qualified construction firms.Mandatory site visit for prequalified construction firms.
January 26, 2016 Tender period closes.
February 2016 Four compliant bids for the construction of the new Hornby Island Fire Hall were received - all four bids were over the budget amount of $1.9 million.
March 2016 SUA engaged in cost review exercise with lowest bidder and HIFR design committee to lower construction costs. Subject to review of costs, and SUA recommendations, March 22, 2016 board meeting to award contract for construction.
April 2016 Construction contract developed with general contractor
April/May 2016 Construction to begin.

Late January/Early February 2017

Anticipated completion of construction of new fire hall, and it is expected the fire department's transition to the new hall is approximately 4-6 weeks after that as the membership builds and installs key storage and workbench items.

Referendum Results

The official results of the April 18, 2015 referendum for a new fire hall on Hornby Island are in.

A majority of voters in the Hornby Island fire protection service provided a definitive response by voting yes to borrowing funds to assist in the construction of the project.

Read background information about the Hornby Island fire hall project.

Serving Hornby Island Residents Since 1968

With more than 45 years of service, the Hornby Island fire rescue department has identified a need to replace the aging and unsafe fire hall so as to better serve the citizens of Hornby Island with medical first responder, fire protection, technical rescue, and ambulance services.

To date, inspections and engineer's reports have found the current fire hall is an unsafe workplace for the fire fighters, has functional and spatial deficiencies and would perform poorly in a moderate earthquake.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board established a select committee in 2008 of Hornby Island residents to review the inspections and reports and to analyze the options available to address the need.

Based on the recommendations of the select committee, the regional district board has endorsed the option of building a new fire hall on Hornby Island and has directed that public consultations begin with the citizens of Hornby Island towards addressing the identified need.

As the development of a new fire hall is a major decision for the citizens of Hornby Island, an informed and forthright discussion is essential to arrive at the best solution. Please join the regional district and the select committee in this discussion, and help shape the next 50 years of emergency services on Hornby Island.


The current fire hall was built in stages from 1968 to 1997. Since that time, a number of studies and inspections have confirmed that the building has a number of structural deficiencies, and is now functionally obsolete as a fire hall. Engineers, building inspectors, the Fire Commissioner, the fire fighters, the select committee and the CVRD board have recognized these deficiencies and are recommending that a new fire hall be constructed.

Rationale for constructing a new fire hall for Hornby Island

  • The current fire hall building is functionally obsolete and no longer meets the space requirements of your multi-service emergency responders.
  • The current fire hall land is terraced and has insufficient room for training and parking.
  • There is currently no “post disaster” building on Hornby Island.
  • The bay doors are too narrow for modern emergency response apparatus.
  • There is no secure water source or dedicated septic system available at the current fire hall.
  • Hornby Island residents may pursue acquiring the old fire hall from the province for other community purposes.
  • Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation can potentially provide a $300 to $500 savings in homeowner insurance premiums. The net tax increase with a new fire hall is approximately $45 for the average home.
  • The current fire hall is likely to fail during an earthquake, right when the community requires emergency responder services the most.
  • The current fire hall is not a safe, functional or efficient work place for your volunteer emergency responders.