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Cariboo Fire Centre gets new digs

Cariboo Fire Centre gets new digs

The Williams Lake Airport will be home to a brand-new firefighting facility.

The BC government is spending $5.8 million dollars to build a 22,000 square foot building and three upgraded outbuildings which will be home to the Cariboo Fire Centre.

The four buildings replace 11 separate structures and trailers at the site, some of which are about 40 years old.

The facility will include the regional wildfire coordination centre, airtanker and pilot facilities, meeting and training areas, as well as staff offices.

The province says the original Cariboo Fire Centre was set up to accommodate about half the number of current staff, meaning operational needs have long outgrown the older buildings.

The government says the one of the goals of the new facility is to centralize staff resources and promote increased efficiency in one of the most active wildfire regions in the province.

Construction is starting this month and should be completed by fall 2016.

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