Enbridge lends a hand to Fort Erie firefighters

The Fort Erie Fire Department is getting more access to training materials, thanks to Enbridge Gas.

The utility is helping the department via $5,000, which will help with the purchases of training materials through Safe Community Project Assist, a program administered by the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, which will supplement existing training for volunteer and composite fire departments in Ontario communities that Enbridge operates.

“We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe,” says Bike Balkanci, director of GTA West/Niagara Operations for Enbridge Gas.

In total, Enbridge as donated $250,000 that will be shared by 50 fire departments across the province. The funds are to be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.

“The continuous improvement of a fire department requires passionate people, the will to excel and the resources to train the remarkable men and women of our department,” said Fort Erie Fire Chief Ed Melanson. “(This) is a welcome contribution to all of the fire service training programs we provide.”

Since the launch of Safe Community Project Assist in 2012, 244 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.

“Safe Community Project Assist improves access to training materials for fire departments,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario fire marshal and chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”


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