Emeric Macdonald, 3, gets a treat as Mayor Dave Bronconnier gives him his own firefighter helmet during the grand opening of the new Signal Hill Fire and EMS #33 Station at 3800 69th Street SW.

Residents in one of the city’s fastest growing areas will finally have a fire and medic hall to call their own.

Station #33 launched yesterday at 3800 69th Street SW and the centre will help significantly reduce emergency response times in Signal Hill, Springbank and Discovery Ridge, according to Fire Chief Bruce Burrell.

“This facility is a critical addition to the neighbouring areas,” he said, adding the target response time of six minutes and 30 seconds was only met 50 per cent of the time last year.

EMS chief Tom Sampson also said while they didn’t always meet their target response times before in the areas, the new facility will greatly improve their services as well.

“We’re very proud of the new facility, it’s in a great position for response and not only that it’s good-looking too,” Sampson added.

Area resident Fletcher Macdonald brought his three-year-old son Emeric, a huge firefighter fan, to the opening to catch his first glimpse of a real fire truck.

“You don’t get the opportunity to see the real McCoy very often, so I thought I would bring him down. He is a huge fan and has lots of the toy ones,” dad said.

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