14 Wing Greenwood’s Fire Chief, CWO Ochitwa, left, presented Wing Command Col Bill Seymour with a proclamation signaling the construction of a new fire hall for the base at a ground-breaking ceremony, held Sept. 14. Also in attendance were 14 Wing CWO Jim Jardine and Sparky the fire dog, a.k.a Pt Justin Roberts. N.Kelly
BY NANCY KELLY
Kings County Register
The first of several major infrastructure upgrade projects planned for 14 Wing Greenwood is now underway.
September 14, Wing Commander Col Bill Seymour was joined by staff for an official ground-breaking at the site of the new 20,000 square foot fire hall.
Two years ago, Defence Minister Peter MacKay visited the base to announce over $70 million in spending for construction of a new fire hall, control tower, health care facility and refueling tender garage at the base. With the fire hall work now in progress, Seymour remarked “there are fantastic things happening at 14 Wing Greenwood.” He added the multi-million dollar plans to upgrade facilities confirm the air force’s commitment to the future of the base, and its confidence in the work being carried out here. “14 Wing really is the go-to wing,” said Seymour.
The new, modern fire hall facility, which will have 10 bays to accommodate current and future equipment; is being relocated to a more centralized site, closer to the airfield between hangars five and seven. “That will improve access to the runway and safety overall,” said 14 Wing Fire Chief CWO Ochitwa, also in attendance for the sod-turning. A new use will be found for the existing, 50-year-old fire hall.
The project, being managed by Marco Construction, will also provide a boost to the local economy. Greenwood’s public affairs officer, Cpt Scott Spurr, said a lot of work is being sub-contracted out to local tradespeople and all materials are being purchased locally. The project is expected to be completed by June 2010.