FORT MCKAY, ALTA.—Albertans in Fort McKay are celebrating the completion of a new fire hall.
Officials held a barbecue, demonstrated equipment, gave tours and did a ceremonial ribbon cutting with a fire hose and the Jaws of Life to mark the occasion.
The opening of Fort McKay Fire Hall drew visits from representatives from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Fort McKay First Nation and Fort McKay Métis Nation.
Construction on the new fire hall began in 2020 and was largely complete by the end of 2021. The prime consultant was S2 Architecture and Clark Builders was the construction company. The facility includes modern offices and training areas, a fitness room, large interior bays for firefighting equipment and more.
“Our volunteer fire department will now have a first-class fire hall to assist in their vital work of keeping us safe,” said Mel Grandjamb, Chief of Fort McKay First Nation, in a statement. “This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when Fort McKay First Nation, the McKay Métis Nation, and the RMWB work collaboratively to benefit our community.”