Province Helps Local Fire Departments
Two Cumberland County fire departments will share in a $1.4 million special provincial fund to purchase emergency equipment.
Shinimicas and Southampton Volunteer Fire Departments will receive $20,000 each from the Emergency Services Provider Fund which offers financial assistance to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials teams (HAZMAT), to upgrade equipment that is used directly in response to a fire or emergency.
Premier Stephen McNeil said, "First responders have an essential role in the safety of our communities, and we thank them for their dedication and commitment.” McNeil added, “Many of these organizations are supported by volunteers, who put countless hours into training and responding to emergencies. This funding will help ensure they have the tools and equipment to keep them safe.”
The program criteria changed earlier this year to allow organizations to choose from a broader list of eligible equipment and purchase equipment from up to three of the six categories, instead of just one.
Eighty organizations are receiving funding under this year’s program. Organizations are eligible for funding every three years and can apply for up to 75 per cent of the total equipment costs to a maximum of $20,000.
The six categories for purchasing include: personal protective equipment; communications; rescue equipment; firefighting equipment; HAZMAT equipment; and a general miscellaneous category.
Seven other Cumberland County fire departments received funding under the program last year.
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