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Alexandra’s fire station is to be expanded in a move to bring rural fire brigades closer to  counterparts as part of the 2017 merger that created a single firefighting service.

Tenders to construct the station in the Central Otago town closed in January.

The new station – referred to in Fire and Emergency New Zealand documents as the Dunstan resource facility new build – is to be built next to the existing Alexandra Fire Station in Centennial Ave, placing the Dunstan Rural Fire Station alongside its urban
counterpart as part of the merger of services first indicated in by Fenz in 2017.

The $300m restructure brought rural, urban, career and volunteer fire services together.

Fenz’s request for proposal documents say the new station will comprise four appliance (fire truck) bays, accessible bathrooms, decontamination facilities, personal protective equipment PPE storage, meeting/storage room and yard works.

The request was an invitation to submit a proposal for the construction contract via a closed, competitive tender process to construct the station based on design and build specifications set out by Fenz.

Submitters were asked to provide company information, relevant experience including IL4 (a building that remains operational immediately after an earthquake or other disastrous event) construction, staff profiles from the project manager to the quantity surveyor, project commitment, programme and methodology, plans for sustainability, risk mitigation, assumptions, health and safety, insurance,
finances and price.

The contract would be awarded immediately upon Fenz board approval.

Resource consent has been issued by the Central Otago District Council and building consent has been lodged with the council and is being processed, the documents state.