New Fire Station and Training Centre opens in Three Hills
Kevin Sorenson, MP for Crowfoot, Richard Marz, M.L.A. for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, and Kevin Edwards, Mayor of Three Hills, recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Three Hills Fire Hall.
Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System Standards, and equipped with office space, five parking bays, ample parking space and a training tower, this new facility is a major improvement over the 70 year old building currently being used, and will provide a major boost to the volunteer firefighter force.
"This new fire hall and training centre will greatly improve volunteer firefighter operations, and improve the safety and security of residents here in Three Hills and in surrounding communities," said MP Sorenson, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, John Baird. "In this second and final year of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is following through on our commitment to fully implement the infrastructure stimulus package. These investments are creating jobs now, when they are needed most, and at the same time positioning Canada for long-term growth and prosperity."
"The province is pleased to continue to work in co-operation with the federal government on this and other shared funding programs," said M.L.A. Marz. "This new fire hall supports the Alberta government's plan to secure Alberta's future by building strong communities."
The funding we've received under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund allows us to give the men and women of our Fire Department a proper home that will even better equip them to serve and protect," said Mayor Edwards. "Not only that, the new Fire Hall can now be built to a LEED standard that further reduces its environmental impact, a desire expressed by the people of Three Hills through their Integrated Sustainability Plan.
The total project cost for the new fire hall was $1.95 million. The Government of Canada contributed $650,000 for this project. The province of Alberta and the Town of Three Hills each also contributed $650,000 to this project.
Federal support for this project is being provided through the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, delivered by Infrastructure Canada. This key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan invests in infrastructure projects across Canada to stimulate economic activity and create jobs. Overall, the Government of Canada has invested $414.3 million in 236 projects under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund across Alberta.
The Government of Alberta has a clear plan for a strong economic recovery. The Way Forward will bring Alberta back into a surplus position in three years by trimming government spending; using cash reserves to protect key programs; continuing to invest in public infrastructure; and ensuring that our province's industries are competitive and continue to attract investment to provide jobs and prosperity.
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