DARRYL KNIGHT & DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Local Fire Departments were recently given a matching $5,000 donations by Enbridge Gas Distribution to cover the cost of purchasing new Firefighter training materials.
The money was given to the Uxbridge and Scugog Fire Departments as part of Project Assist, a partnership between Enbridge and the Fire Marshal’s Safety Council. This year, the project has given $100,000 to 20 fire departments in Ontario. The program was created in 2012, and has serviced about 80 fire departments thus far.
Representatives from Enbridge were lauded at recent council meetings when they presented cheques for the program.
“The Uxbridge Fire Service is appreciative of the assistance provided by Enbridge and the training materials the department will receive through this program will further enhance the firefighters’ skill and our on-scene operations,” Uxbridge Fire Chief Scott Richardson explained.
As well, both local mayors sang the praises of the support offered through Enbridge’s program, as well as the dedication of the local fire departments in keeping North Durham communities safe.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the township to utilize the corporate donations specifically because of gas and education and I think it is a great partnership,” said Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett. “Any money that goes towards resources for education is absolutely well received.”
“I can’t speak highly enough about our fire department and they work they do helping to keep our residents safe,” added Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “I am very grateful and appreciative to Enbridge Gas Distribution for their donation, which will be used to purchase educational training materials for our firemen. Project Assist has supported many fire departments across Ontario and I sincerely thank them for establishing this great program geared to the safety of communities.”
Richard Miller, Scugog’s Fire Chief, felt that the timing of the donation could not have been better the department.
“I do appreciate what Enbridge has done for the many fire departments across Ontario and especially for us,” he said. “With the transition to the NFPA standards this is perfect timing as it will allow us to buy training materials to do that transition from our old training situation in Ontario to the new standards.”
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