FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) has opened a new training facility in Fort McMurray, Alta.
A grand opening ceremony for the facility was held on July 19 and was attended by Fort McMurray Mayor Melissa Blake as well as representatives of the local construction industry. The facility is intended to provide safety training to complement increasing construction as the city rebuilds after suffering devastating wildfires last year.
"We are increasing our presence in the Wood Buffalo region, by providing additional safety training services and resources for the local construction community at this brand new training space in Fort McMurray," ACSA chief operations officer Tammy Hawkins said in a statement.
"We are here to support the safe and productive rebuilding of Fort McMurray and want to work with industry and government to ensure all workers have the tools to return home safely at the end of every work day."
According to an ACSA news release, 2,457 homes out of 30,713 private dwellings were destroyed in last year's fire. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation states that 785 housing starts have been recorded in Fort McMurray since the start of 2017.