Regional Development Corporation

$500,000 invested in firefighter training centre (10/03/30)

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March 30, 2010

MEMRAMCOOK (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $500,000 in the construction of an emergency measures training centre in Memramcook.

The announcement was made on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, by Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe MLA Bernard Leblanc.

"Our government is proud to be the municipality's partner in the development of this project," Leblanc said. "This centre will contribute to firefighter training and be an essential economic development tool for the community."

The $1-million centre will include the facilities needed to provide training for all of the fire brigades in the province. A classroom and exercise room will make this centre a unique site for the delivery of education.

"Memramcook is positioning itself strategically by developing this project with the province to meet firefighters' ever-increasing training requirements," said Memramcook Mayor Donald O. LeBlanc. "I wish to thank our MLA, Bernard LeBlanc, and Mr. Boudreau for supporting this project."

Training requirements for firefighters are becoming increasingly stringent. It is expected that, in the near future, all firefighters will have to be certified to ensure the delivery of quality services for the safety and well-being of New Brunswickers.

The Department of Public Safety funds live fire training exercises and other training conducted at the annual workshop of the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs taking place in Miramichi in September.

"We are very pleased to invest in this excellent training facility for our firefighters," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "Firefighters work every day to help keep New Brunswickers safe, and this state-of-the-art facility will give them the opportunity to train using modern equipment and scenarios."

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