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Enbridge Gas Distribution assists in supporting firefighter training

August 17, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

 

Enbridge Gas Distribution is partnering with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to help New Tecumseth Fire Rescue purchase firefight training materials.

The company presented New Tecumseth Fire Rescue with a cheque for $5000 through its Project Assist program that will be used to help train new firefighters that have been recruited to the local fire department.

In total, the company is donating $100,000 to 20 Ontario fire departments.

“The Project Assist donation provided by Enbridge is very much appreciated and timely for our recruit and firefighter training towards NFPA Professional Qualification Standards,” said New Tecumseth director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Dan Heydon. “We continue to rely on the resources available through the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Distribution Centre to support our fire service training program needs. This will be for training materials like books, DVDs, and on-line training. We’ll use it to train recruits that are coming on as well as for our officer data base as we train our captains and senior officers who go through the program.”

Fire department is currently advertising for 21 new recruits to join the department.

The funds donated by Enbridge are part of a company pool of funds set aside each year.

“We allot a certain amount of money for these type of things,” explained Jeff Holden of Enbridge Gas

Distribution. “We’re committed to safety. Enbridge is one of the first responders to many of the incidents. Fire services is usually there first and we are the second ones there making things safe and cutting off the gas so it doesn’t continue to feed the fire.”

With 140 volunteer firefighters, a full time Director of Emergency Services / Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations and Training, Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention and Education and Fire Training Officer, the fire department continually trains both new recruits and seasoned firefighters as part of their ongoing training program.

         


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