Several projects have been completed and other upgrades are still underway at the Hinton Training Centre since the provincial government announced funding one year ago.
Premier Jason Kenney visited the Hinton Training Centre on Aug. 4, 2020, to announce a provincial funding investment totalling $8.25M towards updates and improvements of the centre.
“These facility updates and renovations are essential to maintaining a centralized wildland fire training center in Hinton,” said Josee St-Onge, provincial information officer at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF).
The exterior work on the Mountain View residence was completed in June 2021, at a cost of $1.9M. Work is underway on the Academic Building HVAC project with an estimated completion date of Sept. 2022 and an estimated cost of $2.5M.
Two projects are in the planning phase and have not been initiated yet. These projects include the refurbishment of the interiors of the Mountain View and Valley View residences and the Mountain View residence boiler and control replacement project.
The interior refurbishment project is estimated to cost $3.8M with an estimated completion date of March 2023. The boiler and control replacement project is estimated to cost $150,000, with an estimated completion date of March 2022.
All together, these projects and the planning phase will total $8.35M.
St-Onge was not able to provide clarity on where the additional funding will come from that falls outside of the amount that was granted by the province last year.
The Training Centre develops and delivers technical and safety training programs for forest and wildfire management, providing services to more than 10,000 clients each year.
Funds granted last year for the project come from the capital maintenance and renewal budget of Alberta’s infrastructure capital plan.
The training centre first opened its doors in 1960, and is a self-contained technical training facility that sits on 14 hectares in and around Hinton. The centre designs and delivers more than 60 wildfire management training courses annually, including seasonal wildland firefighter training, and also delivers forest management training.
Masha Scheele, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hinton Voice