Fort McKay’s new fire station officially opened with a community celebration

(Fort McKay, AB – June 11, 2022) – An event featuring a barbecue, equipment demonstrations and tours as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony – with a fire hose and the Jaws of Life replacing the ribbon and traditional scissors – marked the opening of the Fort McKay Fire Station on Saturday, June 11.

Representatives from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo were joined by representatives from Fort McKay First Nation and Fort McKay Métis Nation as well as many community members for the celebration.

Construction of the new fire station began in 2020 and was largely complete by the end of 2021. The prime consultant was S2 Architecture and Clark Builders was the construction company. The facility includes modern offices and training areas, a fitness room, large interior bays for firefighting equipment, and more.

“Our volunteer fire service will now have a first class fire station to assist in their vital work of keeping us safe. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when Fort McKay First Nation, McKay Métis Nation and RMWB work together for the benefit of our community.

– Mel Grandjamb – Chief, Fort McKay First Nation

“The opening of the Fort McKay Fire Hall will serve as a beacon of community safety in both nations. The building is staffed by an experienced team of men and women who have dealt with numerous forest fires, car accidents, bear attacks and even The Beast. With this new fire station, our members have an added level of security and that brings peace of mind.

– Ronald Quintal, President, Fort McKay Métis Nation

“This new facility represents a joint achievement that deserves to be celebrated together. Our investment reflects our ongoing commitment to rural and Indigenous communities, community resilience and public safety. We are honored to be part of the grand opening of the Fort McKay Fire Station and thank everyone who helped make this possible.

– Sandy Bowman, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

“The Fort McKay Fire Hall is more than just a building. From this fire station, volunteers from the Fort McKay Fire Department will proudly protect their community and region. It is a community landmark and will be a symbol of strength for many years to come.

– Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief, Regional Emergency Services.


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