Enbridge Gas Inc. is helping the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials, through Project Assist – a program that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates.
“At Enbridge Gas, safety is our priority. We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe,” said Ian Ross, Director, Eastern Region Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc.
This year’s $100,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including Clarence-Rockland. Funds will be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.
Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 174 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.
“Project Assist improves access to training materials for municipal fire departments,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”
The money received by the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department is being used to update training textbooks for a number of different firefighter training courses. “Keeping up with the most recent science and studies helps to not only keep our firefighters safer, but also helps us deliver services to our residents in the best possible way,” said Fire Chief Brian Wilson.
“The safety of our residents is a priority for the City of Clarence-Rockland,” said Mayor Guy Desjardins. “Our Fire Department is filled with dedicated volunteer firefighters who are very serious in their preparation. We thank Enbridge Gas in supporting us and improving the quality of training given to our first responders.”