Like most northern Indigenous communities, Moose Factory, Ontario had inadequate emergency services facilities. There was no regional centre for the coordination of search and rescue operations which resulted in multiple fatalities, and no funding was being offered to fix the problem.
MacLeod Farley and Associates was hired to find a way to secure funding to construct an Emergency Services building. We worked with the community to come up with a Business Plan for a unique joint services/training facility, with a multi-purpose room and offices available for rent to ensure the facility could cover its on-going operational expenses. We also found and secured enough funding to build the $6 million Emergency Preparedness Response centre.
Once funding was in place, we assisted with project implementation, capital construction and organizational development. The 25,000 sq. ft. centre is now home to the local fire, ambulance and police services as well as search and rescue and a proposed Institute of Far North EPR Training and Development.
Emergency services personnel now work in properly equipped facilities and avoidable fatalities are no longer a common occurrence.
I am pleased to inform you that we have just received a letter from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Our proposal for $1.46 million has been approved.
On behalf of the Moose Cree First Nation, we thank you and your colleagues for your excellent work on our behalf on the Emergency Preparedness and Response Centre of Excellence project. This puts us into an excellent position for our project. I am now confident that we will be able to secure the remaining financing for our $4.2 million capital project. Well done!