KAWARTHA LAKES-Enbridge Gas Inc. is helping Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue purchase firefighting training materials and assist in training firefighters.
“At Enbridge Gas, safety is our priority. We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe, healthy and vibrant,” says Steve McGivery, Director, GTA East Operations, Enbridge Gas. Through Safe Community Project Assist–a program with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge Gas operates.
This year’s $250,000 donation from Enbridge, through the Safe Community Project Assist-a Program in conjunction with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council will be shared by 50 Ontario fire departments, including Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue. Funds are used to purchase educational materials to assist in training firefighters in life-saving techniques.
Since the launch of Safe Community Project Assist in 2012, 294 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.
“Safe Community Project Assist improves access to training materials for fire departments,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”
“We are extremely grateful to Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for this program,” says Terry Jones, Fire Chief, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue. “These funds allow us to purchase materials to enhance firefighter training. Textbooks purchased include topics on vehicle extrication, ice water rescue, and public fire and life safety education.”