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Ontario Helping Dryden Build Upgraded Fire Hall

Dryden Fire Team

$91,125 investment will help modernize local fire station

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is investing $91,125 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for renovations to Fire Hall #2 in Dryden. This funding will help ensure the fire hall is safe, clean and efficient.

“A modern, properly functioning fire hall is essential to helping firefighters provide first-rate emergency response services,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “By extending the useful life of Fire Hall #2, we are building a strong and healthy community.”

The investment will fund repairs and upgrades—including improving floor drainage, replacing the overhead door and part of the roof, renovating the washroom, updating interior and exterior lighting, and adding an equipment cleaning area—to improve the overall safety and efficiency of the building.

“I want to express deep gratitude to the Ontario government for approving this grant. The funding will enable us to complete the installation of new automatic doors, allowing our teams to move much more expediently to emergency crises in the Hall #2 area. We will also invest in a new wash station in this building to ensure that firefighters have the most up-to-date facilities to wash their tools and equipment and ensure that they remain free from carcinogens and other environmental debris when returning home to their families,” said Chris Wood, Fire Chief, Dryden Fire Service. “I look forward to how these funds will continue to ensure our community and firefighters have the best environments to work in and ultimately, to protect the City of Dryden.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $432 million in 4,025 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.4 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,200 jobs.

Quick Fact

· In February 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.