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Ground breaking for joint fire training burn building

October 19, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Municipal dignitaries were invited to attend a ground breaking ceremony and demonstration at the new Fire Training site at Honda of Canada Mfg., Plant 1, Alliston. Pictured from left: Honda Fire Chief, Craig Steley, Vice President of Administration, Giles Madore, Ward 3 Councillor JJ Paul Whiteside, Mayor Rick Milne, Ward 6 Councillor Richard Norcross, Fire Chief Dan Heydon, Ward 1 Councillor Marc Biss, Ward 5 Councillor Donna Jebb, and Deputy Mayor, Jamie Smith.

By Wendy Gabrek
New Tecumseth Fire Rescue (NTFR) and Honda of Canada Manufacturing’s (HCM) Emergency Services broke ground Monday on the construction of a joint burn building that will allow firefighters to participate in live fire training.
“HCM is proud to be a part of this project that brings us together with the Town of New Tecumseth in a common goal to improve safety for our community through advanced training at this new, shared facility,” said Craig Steley, Fire Chief, Honda of Canada Mfg. Emergency Services.
The ground-breaking event was an opportunity to show the current training site and concept of a new fire training burn building that will be housed on the HCM grounds.
“The shared use of the Training Centre including a burn building will provide Honda and the town’s fire department with a Class A facility to safely carry out emergency and specifically live fire training,” said New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne.
The Town’s Fire Master Plan included recommendations for a live fire training facility. NTFR and HCM’s Emergency Services explored opportunities for a fire training facility partnership, with the green light given in April 2016 to move forward on adding to HCM’s Training Centre to become a joint site.
“This partnership is beneficial to the entire community that we serve as well as for the members of Honda Emergency Services to have the ability to train for emergency situations now and into the future,” said New Tecumseth Fire Rescue – Director of Fire & Emergency Services, Dan Heydon.
Following a ceremonial soil turning, NTFR representatives conducted a demonstration of possible activities that could occur at the site, including putting out a live fire in full safety gear.


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