A new fire hall has been completed in Frog Lake First Nation, a Cree community about 200 kilometres east of Edmonton, Alta.
With an increased capacity of nearly 7,000 square feet, the fire hall will support fire protection services and storage of equipment.
The Frog Lake First Nation Fire Department will now have the ability to provide shorter emergency response times to the community and surrounding area.
Indigenous Services Canada Minister Jane Philpott congratulated Frog Lake First Nation on the fire hall grand opening.
"Investing in fire safety and reliable infrastructure on reserves are shared priorities that I am pleased to see all partners working on together. The Government of Canada is pleased to work with Frog Lake First Nation in the construction of their new fire hall, and I congratulate them on the completion of this project."
Indigenous Services Canada invested $2.3 million in the project. The hall was funded through the First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF). The objective of the FNIF is to improve the environment and quality of life of First Nation communities by improving and increasing the development of public infrastructure.
Frog Lake has a registered population of 3,370, which includes 1,840 members who live on Frog Lake Reserve.
Frog Lake First Nation currently has three fire trucks. Indigenous Services Canada funded their newest fire truck in 2017.