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Ontario Strengthening Emergency Services in Thunder Bay

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Ontario Strengthening Emergency Services in Thunder Bay

Upgrades to Northern Fire Base to Keep Communities Safe

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is strengthening emergency response services in Thunder Bay by opening an upgraded fire base to help keep Northern communities safe and support Ontario's forest fire response program.

Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, made the announcement today at the upgraded Fire Management Headquarters and Provincial Logistics Centre in Thunder Bay.  This modern facility boasts a more efficient work environment, and the ability to house all local forest fire management staff in one central location. By consolidating regional fire resources into one location, Ontario is able to strategically deploy fire management resources more efficiently and allocate equipment and teams more effectively.

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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

  • Ontario invested $25 million into the upgraded Fire Management Headquarters in Thunder Bay.
  • The upgraded facility uses Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles to lessen the impact on the environment.
  • Ontario has approximately 750 Fire Ranger positions across the province.
  • Ontario provides protection to 90 million hectares of Crown land across the province.
  • In 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry responded to 636 fires affecting 83,009.5 hectares of forested land.

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“With this upgraded facility, Thunder Bay becomes a regional hub for delivering the exceptional fire management services that the people of Ontario depend on. Through investments like this one, our government is making it easier for these brave men and women to provide safety and security to communities across Northern Ontario.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“I’m thrilled that our government is investing in a new, upgraded emergency response fire base located in Thunder Bay. The centralization of all local firefighter management staff will have a positive influence on our ability to communicate, plan and fight potential fires in northwestern Ontario, as well as protect people living in our communities.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Our government is committed to enhancing emergency response services to ensure the safety of Northerners and their communities. I am very pleased that we are supporting this important project in Thunder Bay and that we are continuing to help create new jobs in the community.”

Michael Gravelle

MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

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