Work is underway on the Saanich Fire Department’s new memorial plaza outside Station #1 on Vernon Avenue. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

Work is underway on the Saanich Fire Department’s new memorial plaza outside Station #1 on Vernon Avenue. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

Plaza memorializing fallen Saanich firefighters takes shape outside Station #1

Construction set to be completed ahead of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

Work is underway on a new memorial plaza immortalizing Saanich firefighters who lost their lives while on duty.

A commemorative plaza outside Station #1 acknowledging the sacrifices of fallen firefighters has been in the works for a few years now, said Deputy Fire Chief Dan Wood. The department wanted a designated place to gather and “remember our line of duty death firefighters.”

Construction began in April and by early August, the design began to take shape. A concrete base has been poured and features a dark grey Maltese cross embedded in the centre – an international symbol for fire services. The adjacent slanted wall will eventually bear a red sign indicating the fire station, the names of the firefighters who died and the Saanich Fire Fighters’ Association’s Local number – 967.

While the design has yet to be finalized, Wood expects to see a number of other elements installed before construction is completed including flags and lighting.

The goal is to have the project finished by Sept. 13 – Firefighters’ National Memorial Day which takes place annually on the second Sunday of September – so a ceremony can be held at the new plaza.


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