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Keeping Northern Ontario Communities Safe

New Sioux Lookout Fire Management Headquarters Ready for Forest Fire Season

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is helping keep families in northern communities safe while protecting the province's forests with investments in a new fire management headquarters in Sioux Lookout district.

This innovative, energy-efficient building serves one of the largest districts in the province and replaces a facility that was more than 50 years old. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, modern firefighting equipment and is strategically located so that water bombers, supplies, and firefighters can get to forest fires quickly and efficiently.  

The Sioux Lookout fire management headquarters demonstrates Ontario's commitment to strengthening firefighting capacity and emergency response demands while making sure new buildings meet higher performance standards in environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. 

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • This one-time investment of $13.7 million will support rapid forest fire response to wildfires in the Sioux Lookout district and nearby communities. An additional $5.7 million was also invested to upgrade living accommodations for staff.
  • The construction of the Sioux Lookout fire management headquarters created about 25 local jobs during construction.
  • Ontario responded to more than 570 forest fires in 2013.
  • On average, Ontario’s fire program suppresses more than 1,100 wildfires each year with the help of water bombers, firefighters and support staff.
  • The province has more than 750 highly trained fire rangers and another 320 firefighters available from the private sector to fight wildfires in Ontario.
  • The new facility meets LEED certification and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability.

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“This new and modernized fire management facility in the Sioux Lookout district will help strengthen our firefighting program in the north by ensuring we have the necessary infrastructure support and capacity for rapid response to keep Ontarians safe from the threat of forest fires.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“This amazing new facility further enhances Ontario’s capacity to respond to emergencies and keep people across the northwest safe. After investing more than $9.6 million to upgrade the Armstrong fire attack base in summer 2013, I’m very proud that our government continues to invest in this vital infrastructure.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Media Contacts

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    Minister’s Office


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