July 29, 2011, Gander, N.L. - The Town of Gander, N.L., celebrated the official opening of its new fire hall on Friday.
According to a press release from Infrastructure Canada, the new hall
was designed with the future in mind. The building is 1,330 square
metres and is located to service the projected growth of the
municipality. The building’s main features include increased space to
house longer ladders, a hazardous materials trailer, offices, training
rooms and an emergency operations centre.
The federal government provided $1.6 million in infrastructure funding for the $5-million project.
|The Town of Gander, N.L., celebrated the opening Friday of its new, $5.2 million Gander Fire Rescue hall, which was funded by all three levels of government. Photo by Paula Clark.
“Our government is proud to have invested in Gander’s new fire hall. This project not only created jobs, but will allow Gander firefighters to effectively and safely carry out their work,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue. “Most importantly though, today we are celebrating an exciting project that will help to keep Gander safe for many years to come.”
Newfoundland and Labardor Premier Kathy Dunderdale, who was in Gander recently to attend the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference and was at the station opening on Friday, said the new hall will serve both the firefighters who work at the facility and area residents. “Our government has been pleased to partner with both the Government of Canada and the Town of Gander to make this project a reality, and I look forward to the many years of fire and emergency response capability this facility will provide.”
Gander Mayor Claude Elliott said the new hall recognized the needs of a modern fire service and the importance of up-to-date equipment.
“It's about the future,” he said. “The science and technology of firefighting has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and so have the make-up and the role of the department itself. This beautiful new building is not only designed to accommodate these new realities, but also to grow with our community and to provide the flexibility to adapt as technologies and methods continue to evolve. We are extremely proud of the men and women of Gander Fire Rescue and it gives me great pleasure to be able to provide a facility that reflects the professionalism and dedication that they bring to the job every day.”
The Government of Canada contributed about $1.7 million to the new hall under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador contributed more than $1.8 million and the Town of Gander contributed $1.5 million. Total cost of the project is $5.2 million.