Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 18, 2011 09:56 ET

Government of Canada Opens New Fire Hall at 14 Wing Greenwood

GREENWOOD, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2011) - The Government of Canada today announced the grand opening of a new fire hall at 14 Wing Greenwood, which is aimed at minimizing response time and addresses many of the Wing's training needs.

"I'm proud to announce the completion of this new and modern fire hall at 14 Wing Greenwood," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "This new facility will give Wing personnel better support infrastructure to help them tackle any emergency more safely and efficiently."

"The construction of this facility not only benefits Canadian Forces personnel here at 14 Wing, but the local community as well," said Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova. "I am particularly happy that this project helped create approximately 70 new job opportunities over the course of the project and generated significant economic benefits for our region and the Province of Nova Scotia."

The new fire hall at 14 Wing Greenwood, which will be adjacent to the airfield, can accommodate the new fleet of larger aircraft and fire fighting vehicles now in use. The new facility includes offices, training rooms, quarters, classrooms, and storage areas for Wing personnel.

A construction contract for this new infrastructure, valued at approximately $6.5 million, was awarded to Marco Maritimes Inc., of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, through an open, fair and transparent competition process.

As part of the Canada First Defence Strategy, the Government of Canada has committed to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Government's significant investments in defence infrastructure provide economic benefits to communities across Canada.

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.

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