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New firing range in Chilliwack to quell crack of gunfire

Federals funds for a new RCMP firing range have come through to build a facility on the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack in 2015. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS FILE
Federals funds for a new RCMP firing range have come through to build a facility on the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack in 2015.
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About $18 million in federal funding has just come through to build a new indoor firing range for the RCMP on Canada Education Park land.

It's out for tender now with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) facilitating as project manager for the City of Chilliwack, said John Jansen, CEPCO's director of special projects.

The current firing range facility on UFV property has long been the subject on noise complaints.

After it goes out to tender, a brand-new sound-proof building with up-to-date technology will be constructed for the Pacific Regional Training Centre at Caen and Tyson Roads.

"It will be completely indoors, meaning no sound at all will be heard from the outside," said Jansen.

Tilt-up concrete walls will make it sound-proof.

Substantial completion is expected by October 2015.

It's a project that's been in the works for years.

"We've worked hard to get this off the ground," said Jansen. "We're very pleased to see it coming to fruition. It will be a great addition to Chilliwack and a great addition to Canada Education Park."

The development of an updated firing range at the Canada Education Park lands serves as "a natural progression of the site," according to the CEPCO press release. "The modern training facility will host a variety of training groups, which will contribute to the economic stability of the local community."

Project scope and construction details for the tender are available on major tendering websites, such as bcbid.gov.bc.ca.

The tender deadline is April 10, 2014.

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