Merritt Fire Zone Office and Provincial Wildfire Training Centre

Capital funding announced in the 2012-13 budget allowed for the construction of a new Merritt Fire Zone office and Provincial Wildfire Training Centre in Merritt, B.C. This $4.74 million project resulted in a state-of-the-art facility located in one of the busiest wildfire regions of the province.

About This Project

In February 2012, the British Columbia government announced that it was investing up to $4.74 million to construct a new multipurpose facility in Merritt to enhance the province's wildfire response and wildfire management capabilities. The Merritt Fire Zone is one of the busiest fire suppression regions in British Columbia.

The new building houses an expanded Merritt Fire Zone office and the Provincial Wildfire Training Centre. It will also be used as a strategic operations base for out-of-province firefighters during busy wildfire seasons.

The Provincial Wildfire Training Centre includes three classrooms and offers opportunities for firefighter candidates to develop their skills in conditions similar to those encountered in the field. The centre will deliver top-notch training programs for the entire province, allowing firefighter recruits and seasoned veterans to learn new techniques or fine-tune existing skills.

The new facility has a floor area of 1,332 square metres (14,300 square feet), space for up to 58 staff and storage areas for firefighting equipment. It was built on a 2.176 hectare site leased from the City of Merritt near the Merritt Airport, at 4476 Airport Road.

The building was designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. and constructed by Mierau Contractors Ltd.

"Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson was joined by Kamloops Fire Centre manager Steve Schell, Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart, Merritt mayor Susan Roline and Wildfire Management Branch firefighters on Sept. 5, 2013 for the official opening of the Merritt Fire Zone office and Provincial Wildfire Training Centre."

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