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After reaching an agreement with the University of Saskatchewan to relocate a fire station to a parcel of land within the U of S management area, the Saskatoon Fire Department need one final rubber stamp to approve the move.Under the proposed deal, Fire Station No. 5 would move from its current location at Central Avenue and 105th Street to the northeast corner of Preston Avenue and 108th Street. The move comes out of a review of fire department operations, which led to the development of a new service model to improve response times for the entire city.The report seeking approval for a long-term land lease agreement goes to city council on July 29.Saskatoon fire needs approval from the City of Saskatoon and the Ministry of Advanced Education.“By using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, we’d previously identified that moving Station No. 5 to Preston Avenue North will provide a more optimal response model for the U of S and Varsity View, and at the same time, maintain responsive coverage to Sutherland,” fire Chief Morgan Hackl said in a statement.The first phase of implementing the new service model involved the relocation of Fire Station No. 3 from Taylor Street and York Avenue to Clarence Avenue near Wilson Crescent. The second phase is set to involve the relocation of Fire Station No. 5.Following approval of the agreement by the city and advanced education ministry, a tender for the design of the new fire hall will be issued.Construction is expected to start in spring 2020 with completion expected in spring 2021.