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City of Mississauga Begins Construction on the Garry W. Morden Centre

May 11, 2010

The City of Mississauga officially broke ground today on a state-of-the-art fire and emergency training facility that will provide the most current and comprehensive emergency response training in Ontario.

"Our first responders are the best in their field and the development of this facility will allow us to expand our expertise and better serve our residents," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "The late fire chief, Garry Morden, dedicated his life to building fire safety in our community. This new training centre is a testament to him and will allow us to keep his vision alive."

The Garry W. Morden Centre – Dedicated to Fire and Life Safety, will be a sought-after training site for all first response units. Scheduled for completion in late 2011, the facility will become the training ground for Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services personnel.

"This ground breaking signifies a dream being realized in both the City of Mississauga and in Ward 9," said Pat Saito, City of Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor. "Years of work and planning have gone in to the vision for this project and I am thrilled to see the Garry W. Morden Centre officially beginning construction today."

The City of Mississauga's Fire and Emergency Services will use the facility for training in all aspects of fire suppression, structural collapse, trench rescue, hazardous material handling and auto extrication.

The facility, which will span 37 acres in the north-west corner of the city, is expected to reach Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and has many environmentally friendly features. The centre will incorporate radiant heating in the garage bays, will have an energy efficient HVAC system, low consumption showers, as well as air quality monitoring stations.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will share the facility with the Department of National Defence and will house reservists from the Toronto Scottish Regiment who are training for domestic and international commitments. It will also be the site of a driver training circuit for Peel Regional Police.

"Throughout this process we have been fortunate to be able to forge great partnerships with both the Department of National Defence and the Peel Regional Police," said Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services chief John McDougall. "As we move forward in this joint venture, we continue to be committed to working together to provide outstanding emergency services to our communities."

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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Media Contact:
Alana Russell
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5053
TTY: 905-896-5151