The province today, April 21, announced improvements to its Emergency Services Provider Fund program to make it easier for volunteer fire departments and emergency services organizations to purchase equipment.
Eligible organizations can now receive up to 75 per cent of the cost of approved equipment through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Previously, the maximum support was 50 per cent.
The program assists volunteer fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations, hazardous material teams, and volunteer first responder groups with buying approved equipment.
“Women and men in these organizations often put themselves at risk to help others in times of emergency,” said MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “I’m pleased that this fund can help emergency service providers with equipment that helps them do their work and stay safe while doing it.”
The fund provides up to $20,000 to eligible organizations every three years to upgrade equipment used directly in response to emergencies. Increasing support to 75 per cent of equipment costs will benefit smaller organizations that find it challenging to raise their share of costs.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until June 9. Organizations can apply at
More information is available on the Fire Marshal’s website, by phoning 902-424-5721 or by email at OFM@novascotia.ca .