Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 08, 2010 13:49 ET

Government of Canada Modernizes Defence Infrastructure at CFB Esquimalt

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced defence infrastructure projects that will help modernize facilities at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, including a new fire hall and emergency response centre. The Minister also attended the grand opening of the Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) facility.

"Investments in defence infrastructure are vital to ensure our forces can train, and work towards Canada's defence," said Minister MacKay. "Our Government's investment will positively impact the personnel of CFB Esquimalt and create an economic boost for the region."

The new fire hall and emergency response centre will include five drive-through bays for emergency vehicles and provide additional space for training activities. The facility has also been designed to be operational following an earthquake. The Government of Canada is investing $35.5 million for the construction of this new facility.

The new MARPAC HAZMAT facility, which Minister MacKay officially opened today, will provide new physical infrastructure to support the management of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.

Infrastructure improvements at CFB Esquimalt, the home of the Pacific Fleet, are continuing to generate economic benefits and significant employment opportunities throughout the course of the work. CFB Esquimalt is home to approximately 4,000 military and 2,000 civilian personnel.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

The Government of Canada conducts open, fair, and transparent competition processes in order to award contracts at CFB Esquimalt.

The Department of National Defence holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings, 2.25 million hectares of land, 5,500 km of roads, and 3,000 km of water, storm, and sewer pipes.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information please see the fact sheets on defence infrastructure at CFB Esquimalt at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=18.

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