Local fire depts get provincial funding
GUYSBOROUGH – First-responder organizations in Guysborough County and across Nova Scotia will be able to purchase necessary safety equipment with a $1.4 million investment from the province.
“First responders have an essential role in the safety of our communities, and we thank them for their dedication and commitment,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in making the announcement Tuesday morning. “Many of these organizations are supported by volunteers, who put countless hours into training and responding to emergencies. This funding will help ensure they have the tools and equipment to keep them safe.”
The announcement was made at the Windsor Fire Department, which was awarded almost $17,000 to purchase personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus and fire hoses.
The Emergency Services Provider Fund offers financial assistance to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials teams (HAZMAT), to upgrade equipment that is used directly in response to a fire or emergency.
“This program provides necessary funding to help buy and replace safety equipment,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Chuck Porter. “In providing this funding to our first responder organizations, we are helping to protect the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.”
In May 2019, the program criteria changed to allow organizations to choose from a broader list of eligible equipment such as GPS and mapping/tracking software and purchase equipment from up to three of the six categories, instead of just one.
Eighty organizations are receiving funding under the program for 2019-2020, including the following local emergency services organizations:
- Chedabucto Fire Dept., $17,156
- East River St. Mary's Fire Dept., $20,000
- Eastern Shore Ground Search & Rescue, $7,943
- Erinville and District Volunteer Fire Dept., $5,432
- Goshen and Area Volunteer Fire Dept., $20,000
- Mulgrave Volunteer Fire Dept., $20,000
- Sherbrooke and Area Volunteer Fire Dept., $20,000
- St. Mary's & District Firemen's Assoc. $20,000