NOTE: A list of projects follows this release.
Cape Breton fire departments and emergency responders will be able to purchase equipment that helps them better protect their communities with provincial support announced today, Aug.
Through the Emergency Services Provider Fund, the province is investing over $124,000 in 17 organizations in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Inverness, Victoria and Richmond counties.
“This funding helps fire departments and first responders purchase equipment they need to do their job protecting communities throughout the province,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We want to make sure they can carry out their duties safely and effectively and help make life better for Nova Scotians.”
The funds will be used to purchase essential equipment used to respond to a fire or an emergency. This includes personal protective equipment, self-regulated breathing apparatus, HAZMAT equipment, vehicle stabilization jack, communication equipment, and dry hydrant.
“Thanks to the Emergency Services Provider Fund we will be able to purchase a new portable fire skid to enhance our firefighting capabilities during the often hectic and busy spring grass fire season,” said Everett Digou, fire chief, South Bar Fire Department.
The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for approved projects, to a maximum contribution of $20,000. The program is providing about $500,000 to 55 organizations.