November 28th, 2020

Local manufacturer designs relocatable fire station

By Woodard, Dale on November 5, 2020.

Extreme Fire Stations (EFS), a division of Extreme Portable Buildings (EPB) based in Lethbridge, has manufactured a relocatable structure, designed for Calgary Fire Department, in the Calgary southeast community of Walden. Submitted photo

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

Extreme Fire Stations has been constructing buildings on the go.

One of them is the first of its kind in a major city.

Extreme Fire Stations – a division of Extreme Portable Buildings based in Lethbridge – was the manufacturer and installer of the Calgary Fire Department’s newest station.

The unique relocatable structure, designed to Calgary Fire Department specifications, is the first of its kind in a major urban centre.

“We manufacture these buildings in our plant in Lethbridge. They go together in modules and we ship them to different sites and install them. They operate like a site-built fire station,” said Patrick Veer, vice-president of Extreme Portable Buildings. “They’re on a large flatbed truck and when they ship they’re about 50 feet long and about 13 feet tall. When we install them, the roof raises hydraulically and there’s a side pod that is nested inside the building and it’s installed hydraulically.”

In addition to being portable the configuration includes a single apparatus bay, four-person crew quarters, office and exercise area. After exploring options for a temporary unit, CFD determined that a transportable structure could be purchased.

“We have had a number of the chiefs through and some of the firemen and other officials and they say it’s amazing,” said Veer.

Extreme Portable Buildings has been in business in Lethbridge for 10 years.

“We’re a relatively new company and we’ve been developing the business,” said Veer. “Originally we were involved with a natural resources industry in manufacturing for the oilsands and mining places and things like that. But with the oil prices dropping down and the economy going we shifted gears and now we’re serving a specific part of the company division called Extreme Fire Stations.”

Extreme Portable Buildings has also done portable training facilities for trades.

“Some of the First Nations have purchased them; we locate them on their sites and they install a bunch of equipment and they can do trades training,” said Veer.

Colleges have also purchased the portable training facilities.

“SAIT has bought one and they move it from site to site,” said Veer. “They do their training for six weeks and then they pack it up and move it to the next site.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Extreme Portable Buildings was taking its business south of the border.

“We design work for a number of different communities like Winnipeg and St. Albert,” said Veer. “We’re also doing a design in Miami and one in a little town close to Seattle. We started marketing the product last year in the U.S. COVID has slowed us down a little bit for the States. But we’re very optimistic about the future.”

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