NOTE: A list of projects follows this release.
Fire departments and emergency responders in Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou counties will be able to purchase equipment to help them better protect their communities with provincial support announced today, Aug.
Through the Emergency Services Provider Fund, the province is investing almost $65,000 in nine organizations in those areas.
“Through this program, we are able to provide funds to fire departments and emergency responders that help protect our communities and citizens across the province,” said Clarrie MacKinnon, MLA Pictou East, on behalf of John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “By ensuring these first responders can perform their duties safely and effectively, we are making life better for Nova Scotians.”
The funds will be used to purchase essential equipment used in responding to a fire or an emergency. This includes personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, a defibrillator, communication equipment, and a thermal imaging camera.
“The Emergency Services Provider Fund provides our fire department with up-to-date equipment that we would not be able to purchase without additional support,” said Joe MacDonald, Fire Chief, Barney’s River District Volunteer Fire Department. “This grant will help us protect our community as well as our volunteer firefighters.”
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.