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Training facility for firefighters could bring in revenue

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It was a hard sell for municipal politicians, but after consultation with Fire Chief Jason Whiteley, the consensus is that a new training facility for firefighters should be built.

Councillor Mark King says that there may have been some sticker shock at the $260,000 price, but not as much as the $80,000 yearly cost to send firefighters to Sudbury to train. King, who also serves as chair of community services (under which the NBFES falls), says that a professional service such as North Bay’s must go through the proper training that the new facility will offer to cover various emergency scenarios.

King says that the training facility could go behind Station 3 on Marshall Road, but there is another possibility of a partnership with Canadore College. King quite likes the idea that the facility could become a revenue-driver to recoup costs. Volunteer fire departments from the area could rent time at the facility to meet training requirements.

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