Bruce Power has added to its already impressive emergency preparedness capabilities with the construction of a new 23,000-square foot fire training facility, which officially opened today.

This is another important safety enhancement for our site and it will offer our Emergency and Protective Services staff improved training opportunities so they’re ready to respond,

said Brian Hilbers, Bruce Power’s Vice President.

“We also look forward to advancing with local municipal fire departments potential co-training opportunities which we believe will help make our communities even safer as well.”

The $25 million facility, which took 18 months to build, includes a mock-up of a turbine generator which allows firefighters to practice on realistic scenarios. Propane fuelled props, producing fire and smoke, will simulate a variety of situations, and thermal cameras, located throughout the building, will capture video footage and stream it back to a central control room.

The main building, which can be used year round, is 80 feet by 227 feet and 30 feet, with a 50-foot tower for high-angle rescue training. There are also a number of outdoor fire simulators including a car, forklift and transformer.

The environmentally-friendly building replaces an older fire facility at the same location on the Bruce Power site, and features clean burning props which meet or exceed all regulatory standards.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

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