New fire hall enhances community of Hatchet Lake
- EFN Staff | December 08, 2014
Through investments from government, industry and the community, the Hatchet Lake First Nation recently celebrated the grand opening of their new fire hall. The fire hall is a welcome service for the community located 724 km northwest of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan’s far north.
"In a remote community such as ours, ensuring our firefighters have access to modern equipment and facilities is critical to ensuring an effective and timely response when they are called upon. By investing in a new fire hall, we are really investing in the safety and well being of our community and residents," said Chief Bart Tsannie of Hatchet Lake First Nation.
The hall is equipped to house the community's fire truck and all related firefighting equipment, as well as provide both office and training space for fire fighters.
"At our operations, safety is the number one priority. This investment in the health and safety of residents of Hatchet Lake and surrounding area shows our commitment to northern communities and we are proud to participate,” said Tim Gitzel, President and CEO, Cameco Corporation.
"At AREVA, we are committed to supporting northern communities where our employees live. We are proud to partner in projects such as this one that protect the well-being of Hatchet Lake residents and ensure that the community can continue to thrive,” added Vincent Martin, President and CEO, AREVA Resources Canada
The Government of Canada contributed $525,000 toward the $1.2 million project, with the First Nation contributing $365,400 of their own-source funding, to plan, design and construct the hall. Also, Areva Resources Canada and Cameco Corporation each contributed $200,000 toward the project.
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