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Canada’s Government Improves Safety at Whitehorse International Airport

Nov. 6, 2007, Whitehorse, Yuk. – The Honourable Chuck Strahl yesterday announced the purchase of an on-site aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, related safety equipment, and modifications to the existing firehall at the Whitehorse International Airport.


November 6, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 6, 2007, Whitehorse, Yuk. – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, yesterday announced the purchase of an on-site aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, related safety equipment, and modifications to the existing firehall at the Whitehorse International Airport.

"Canada's Government is committed to improving the safety of northern communities and their air services," said Mr. Strahl. "Our investment to enhance safety will ensure the Whitehorse Airport is able to provide travellers with a high degree of protection if ever an emergency, fire or accident occurs."

Canada's Government is providing nearly $1.1 million through the Airports Capital Assistance Program. This program provides funding toward capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. The program also assists airports required by regulation to provide aircraft rescue and firefighting services by funding initial capital costs for vehicles and ongoing vehicle replacement. To be eligible, airports must have year-round regularly scheduled passenger service, meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and not be owned by the Government of Canada.

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