An aerial truck from Hanover assists Howick firefighters at a chimney fire in Clifford. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Edwards)An aerial truck from Hanover assists Howick firefighters at a chimney fire in Clifford. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Edwards)

New investment by provincial government for Hanover Fire Hall project

The Town of Hanover is set to benefit from a significant financial boost, with Ontario investing $780,331 for the construction of a new fire hall.

This funding is part of a broader $10 million provincial initiative aimed at enhancing firefighter training and infrastructure across Ontario.

Hanover’s new 15,500 square-foot fire hall will address the town’s growing fire department needs. The current facility is no longer adequate for the expanded department and truck fleet. The town is contributing an additional $250,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund towards the construction of this state-of-the-art, net-zero building.

Premier Doug Ford announced the initiative, emphasizing the critical role of firefighter training in community safety.

“Investments in firefighter training are investments in the safety and resilience of our communities. This new funding will help ensure that our firefighters have the skills and resources they need to protect people and communities and return home safely to their families," Ford said via a release from the province.

The new fire hall will feature solar panels on the roof, providing a clean source of electricity. It will also include multiple training areas, office spaces, and additional bays for fire vehicles, all designed to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and occupational health and safety requirements. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2024.

The funding allocation is part of Ontario's Skills Development Fund (SDF) and includes investments in other municipalities and organizations. However, the construction of the new fire hall in Hanover marks a significant step forward for the local fire and rescue services, enhancing their ability to train and prepare for emergencies.

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