Province makes $1.5M investment in first responder equipment

Provincial release:

More financial support is coming for first responders who do so much to protect Nova Scotians, their homes and their communities.

Eighty organizations will receive grants totalling almost $1.5 million through the Province’s Emergency Services Provider Fund, which is available to fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations and hazardous materials teams.

“Our volunteer first responders work hard to support their communities, including in recent months as Nova Scotia has faced record-breaking wildfires and flooding,” said Premier Tim Houston. “They train and commit to this work outside their other professional and family commitments, and we are grateful for their unwavering dedication. This investment will help support the invaluable work they do.”

The fund helps organizations with the cost of upgrading equipment used in response to fires or other emergencies. The list of 2023 grant recipients is available at:

“I know first-hand the care and dedication that first responders in our province have for their communities. Both organizations represented here in Canning today led the way in bringing in the joint resources from across the province to bring closure to a very tragic period in my family. I will personally be forever grateful.”
     – John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Every member in our department wants to help the community. They want to contribute, to be helpful to their neighbours. Getting the proper equipment to do that safely is huge.”
     – Jeff Skaling, Chief, Canning Volunteer Fire Department

“Valley Search and Rescue is grateful to have been chosen to receive funding this year through this program. With this money the team is able to purchase personal protective equipment like weatherproof outerwear and waterproof jackets – essential gear to keep our volunteers safe and dry in the field.”
     – Ashley Perry, President, Valley Search and Rescue

Quick Facts:
— types of equipment funded include rescue, water supply and personal protective equipment
— the program provides up to 75 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per organization
— organizations can apply for funding every three years

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