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Building A Safer Tomorrow Together: Official Opening of the Garry W. Morden

May 08, 2012

Today, the City of Mississauga, in partnership with The Department of National Defence and Peel Regional Police, officially opened the Garry W. Morden Centre - Dedicated to Fire and Life Safety. This centre will serve as the training ground for fire and emergency services, information technology, police and military. 

"The Garry W. Morden Centre is a prime example of all three levels of government working together to develop a facility that will enhance the training of our emergency services, while increasing the safety benefits to the citizens of Mississauga," said City of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "This facility is named after the fire chief Garry Morden who died in 2008 and dedicated his life to building fire safety in our community."

Joint funding with the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada have contributed to the development of this state-of-the-art multi agency facility.   

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

"Years of work and planning have gone into the vision for this project and now it is a reality," said City of Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito. "I am so thrilled to see this project come to fruition and know that the legacy of Garry Morden will live on."

The facility, which spans 37 acres in the north-west corner of the city, is designed to target a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard.  The centre incorporates radiant heating in the garage bays, an energy efficient HVAC system, low consumption showers, as well as air quality monitoring stations.

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services shares the facility with The Department of National Defence and houses reservists from the Toronto Scottish Regiment, Canadian Forces who are training for domestic and international commitments. It is also the site of a driver training circuit for Peel Regional Police.

"This facility provides us with a tremendous opportunity to partner with other agencies including The Department of National Defence and the Peel Regional Police," said Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Chief John McDougall.  "Together, we will be able to share resources, identify commonalities and build relationships, while improving emergency response tactics and skills for the City of Mississauga and Peel Region."

On Saturday, May 12, the Garry W. Morden Centre will host a community open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Watch firefighters, police and military in action, while enjoying a free barbeque and live entertainment.

Learn more about the Garry W. Morden Centre – Dedicated to Fire and Life Safety by watching this video.

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