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Ontario Investing $9.5 Million in Fire Response Facility in North Bay

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Ontario Investing $9.5 Million in Fire Response Facility in North Bay

Province Improving Forest Fire Protection in Northeastern Ontario

Ontario is protecting the safety of northeastern Ontario area residents and the nearby forests by moving and upgrading the North Bay Fire Management Headquarters to make the facility more modern and efficient.

The province is investing $9.5 million for the construction of the new state-of-the-art fire response facility, with construction to begin this April. The project will create approximately 120 construction jobs in the community. The new headquarters will include:

  • 1,149 square metres for seven FireRanger crews, as well as fire management support staff
  • State-of-the-art energy efficient building design
  • 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
  • Barrier-free access to provide employment and client service to those with restricted mobility.

This project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Investing in public safety and forest firefighting infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • The old North Bay headquarters was built in the 1950’s, is overcrowded and separate from the airport.
  • Ontario’s forest fire season runs from April through October.
  • On average, more than 1,000 wildfires burn each year across the province, many of them caused by people.
  • The forest firefighting program has more than $42 million in fire suppression equipment, including nine water bombers, four helicopters and three twin otter aircraft plus additional contract aircraft as needed.
  • In addition to fighting fires in our province, Ontario personnel fight fires in other jurisdictions as needed. Through this reciprocal agreement, when Ontario needs help, other jurisdictions send personnel to Ontario.

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“The new headquarters in North Bay will provide modern facilities and equipment to assist our highly trained FireRangers in protecting people, property and important forest resources.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“The replacement of the North Bay Fire Management Headquarters is a great example of how Ontario is investing in reliable public infrastructure that will create jobs and improve the quality of life across the province. This is just one element of the government’s overall commitment to build Ontario up, invest in people and help our economy grow now and remain strong in the future.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“In addition to enhancing the region’s capacity to respond to fire emergencies and keep people across the northeast safe, this investment by the Province complements the City’s commitment to expanding the Airport Industrial Park and will result in job creation and further investment.”

Al McDonald

Mayor of North Bay

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