NORTH BAY, ONT.—Ontario is investing $9.5 million to construct a new North Bay fire management headquarters facility replacing the old North Bay location that was built more than 60 years ago.
The new state-of-the-art fire response facility will not only be responsible for protecting area residents, but also nearby forests and other jurisdictions as required.
Bill Mauro, the minister of natural resources and forestry, says the the new facility will provide a modern space and essential equipment for firerangers protecting the region.
The mayor of North Bay, Al McDonald, also said the investment by the province will complement the city’s commitment to expand the Airport Industrial Park which will result in more jobs and future investment.
On average, more than 1,000 wildfires burn each year in Ontario. The project is expected to start in April and create 120 construction jobs in the community.
The new facility will include:
1,149 square metres for seven FireRanger crews, as well as fire management support staff;
A state-of-the-art energy efficient building design;
A consolidated Fire Management Headquarters facility at the North Bay airport, with warehouse, aerial operations and crew alert areas;
Dedicated aircraft parking for up to two CL-415 water bombers, two bird-dog planes and two helicopters; and
Barrier-free access to provide employment and client services to those with restricted mobility.
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