On September 16, the Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon and the Village of Carmacks celebrated the opening of the new Carmacks firehall. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, demonstrations and a community barbecue.
The new, modern firehall features fire apparatus bays, which are designated areas within a fire station where firefighting vehicles and equipment are stored and maintained, as well as Emergency Medical Services space, a training room, a business centre and support spaces.
The facility helps to ensure that firefighters in the Village of Carmacks have the appropriate resources to continue providing vital firefighting services to the community and surrounding area.
Using the Small Communities Fund, the Government of Canada invested $6.4 million in the firehall. The Government of Yukon contributed $2.1 million towards the facility.
The newly constructed firehall in the Village of Carmacks is a wonderful addition to the municipality. Our government is proud to support infrastructure projects that help make our communities healthy and vibrant. Thank you to the Government of Canada for their continued investments in the territory through the Small Communities Fund.
Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn
The opening of the Carmacks firehall building is an exciting celebration. Improved municipal buildings and services support the development of strong communities. Thanks to this project, volunteer fire fighters are benefiting from a new building that provides the space needed for essential training and will help to keep the community safe. The Government of Canada will continue to support projects like the one being celebrated today, because we know that when our small communities thrive – we all benefit.
Member of Parliament for Yukon Brendan Hanley on behalf of the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser
Congratulations to everyone in the Carmacks community on the grand opening of this remarkable new firehall. The impact that facilities like these make in our rural communities cannot be understated – on some of the hardest days rural Yukoners will ever face, the tools and opportunities a facility like this brings to our central Yukon community will save lives. Mussi Cho to everyone involved, for their dedication and hard work that went into making this facility a reality for the community.
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Mayo-Tatchun Jeremy Harper
I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon for their investments in the safety and sustainability of the Village of Carmacks. Our new fire hall enables fire response both within Carmacks, and also helps us to provide support to other nearby communities. I know that our emergency service personnel have been excited about this new space for some time, and I am thrilled to be celebrating the grand opening of this important new facility this weekend.
Mayor of Carmacks Lee Bodie
The new firehall is now operational.
The total cost of the firehall including Canada’s and the Yukon’s contributions is $8.5 million.
This project supports the Yukon government’s commitment to supporting healthy and vibrant communities across the territory.
The new firehall building was designed to exceed the National Energy Code of Canada by more 25 per cent.