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Ontario Strengthening Emergency Services in North Bay

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Ontario Strengthening Emergency Services in North Bay

Province Opens New Northern Fire Base to Better Protect Local Communities

Ontario is increasing emergency response services and helping to protect Northern communities and forestry resources by opening a new fire management headquarters in North Bay.

Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, made the announcement today at Jack Garland Airport along with North Bay Mayor Al McDonald. The facility consolidates fire crews and support staff from four locations into one building on the airport grounds, allowing for faster deployment of fire crews to the surrounding communities and forests. 

The opening of the new fire management headquarters will create and maintain a total of 39 jobs in the North Bay area. The facility will also be a safer, more accessible work environment for firefighting teams.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Strengthening emergency services in Northern communities is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The provincial government invested $9.5 million into the new MNRF Fire Management Headquarters at Jack Garland Airport.
  • The new facility uses Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles to lessen the impact on the environment.
  • Ontario has 768 FireRanger positions across the province.
  • MNRF provides protection to 90 million hectares of Crown land across Ontario.
  • In 2016, MNRF responded to 636 fires with 83,009.5 hectares of forested land.

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Quotes

Kathryn McGarry

“With this new facility, North Bay becomes a regional hub for delivering the exceptional fire management services that the people of Ontario depend on. We are committed to supporting our forest fire crews and the safety and security they provide to communities across Northern Ontario. Through investments like this one, our government is helping these brave men and women to get the job done.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“We are very pleased to help celebrate the opening of this new, state-of-the-art MNRF facility at our YYB Airport Industrial Business Park. This significant investment in our community demonstrates the Province’s continued support and interest in growing the north. Not only will the Fire Management Headquarters centralize operations here in North Bay, it will serve as a catalyst for future development.”

Al McDonald

Mayor of North Bay

Media Contacts

  • Media Calls Only: Emily Kirk

    Minister’s Office

    416-314-2206

  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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