Alberta’s Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman, visited the fire hall in Slave Lake last week to deliver a $125,000 CFEP (Community Facility Enhancement Program) grant to the Slave Lake Firefighters Society. The money is to be divided between two projects – $75,000 for an outdoor ‘fitness park’ that’s being developed on the site. This will include all sorts of equipment that will be available to the public as well as firefighters, plus a walking trail connection through the fire hall grounds to the residential neighbourhood to the south. As explained by fire chief Jamie Coutts, this will allow foot and bicycle traffic to go to and from Big Fish Bay and town without going along Caribou Trail, which is what is happening now.
The other portion of the grant is for the fire training centre, which until now has largely been developed through donations – of equipment, money and labour.
Pictured is Coutts between Minister Hoffman and Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee, flanked by an array of fire department folks.