Expanded hangar for Sask. firefighting aircraft open

A new-and-improved hangar, about 40 per cent larger, officially opened in La Ronge, Sask., on Thursday. Government of Saskatchewan / Supplied

Improvements to a hangar in La Ronge will better support Saskatchewan’s fleet of firefighting aircraft, according to the provincial government.

The more modern and expanded facility officially opened on Sept. 26.

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“This impressive facility will allow us to better support and maintain Saskatchewan’s firefighting aircraft,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said in a press release.

“At the same time, it will allow us to enhance our ability to protect Saskatchewan people and the things that are truly important to them.”

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The hangar is about 40 per cent larger to allow large aircraft to access it more easily, and includes an overhead crane and 227,100-litre water tank.

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The four-year, nearly $14 million project is part of a renewal initiative to enhance the province’s aerial firefighting capacity, government officials said.

La Ronge is roughly 345 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

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