Monday, October 22, 2012

B.C. breaks ground on new Merritt wildfire base #bcpoli

Oct. 22, 2012
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

MERRITT - The B.C. government is investing up to $4.74 million in a new firefighting centre to enhance wildfire response and management, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

The facility will house an expanded Merritt fire zone office and a new provincial wildfire training centre, and will be used as a strategic operations base for out-of-province firefighters during wildfire season.

With space for up to 58 staff, storage for firefighting and other equipment, as well as three classrooms to support in-the-field training, the facility will enhance firefighting and wildfire monitoring in the Merritt region, one of the busiest fire suppression zones in the province.

The 1,332-square-metre (14,300-square-foot) structure will be built on a lot leased from the City of Merritt near the airport. Construction is due to be completed by April 2013.

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