Our plan for greater Christchurch and surrounding areas
Our plan will ensure Christchurch has a network of fire stations that are modern, fit for purpose and are able to meet the needs of local communities.
The New Zealand Fire Service is investing $50 million over a number of years renewing, repairing, and rebuilding 12 new fire stations in greater Christchurch and surrounding areas.
Our approach is a ‘greenfield’ rebuild programme. We will take the opportunity to locate stations and brigades where they best meet the future needs of local communities.
The network will include seven new stations operated 24/7 by career firefighters.
- Four will be built in new locations: Sockburn, Wainoni (ANZAC), Ilam and Redwood
- Three will be built at existing locations: Addington, Woolston, and Christchurch City.
Five new volunteer stations are also being built in the greater Christchurch area.
- Southbridge and Rangiora have been completed, Lyttelton began in March 2016, followed by stations at Spencerville and Kaiapoi.
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This programme involves a complete redevelopment of an entire network of fire stations.
The New Zealand Fire Service and our fire fighters in Christchurch understand the complexities involved in a programme of this size, in particular:
- identifying and acquiring suitably located land parcels that meet our operational needs;
- the construction environment post-earthquakes;
- the complex planning and consenting environment; and
- land damage, feasibility and due diligence processes.
Post-earthquakes we focussed initially on re-establishing our operations, so we could continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
In 2012 and 2013, a detailed fire station network planning and consultation exercise took place. This involved identifying optimal fire station locations in order to meet the needs of our communities well into the future.
The proposed programme of work was then approved by the New Zealand Fire Service Commission in October 2013. Since then we have been heavily involved in land acquisitions, detailed feasibility and site assessments (planning, geotechnical investigations etc.), consultation, negotiation, design and consenting work.
We have had to consider in excess of 100 sites around the city for new fire station locations, as many options failed to meet operational requirements on detailed review, or were not feasible for other technical reasons.
In addition, we have been working through the Christchurch City Council Proposed District Plan process in order to meet current and future strategic needs of the New Zealand Fire Service.
Frequently asked questions
Our Christchurch rebuild principles are:
- keeping our communities safe;
- ensuring our facilities match the needs of Christchurch communities;
- open, honest and transparent discussions with community leaders, residents and our people; and
- stations will be sited in optimal locations and are designed to be interdependent on one another.
We will update our frequently asked questions page on a regular basis, or if you can’t find the information you are looking for please email us at CHCH.Property@fire.org.nz
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For more information on the Christchurch Rebuild Programme, please email CHCH.Property@fire.org.nz