Enbridge Gas is helping the Chapple Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials, through Safe Community Project Assist–a program with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council 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,” says Luke Skaarup, Director, Northern Region Operations, Enbridge Gas.
This year’s $250,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 50 Ontario fire departments, including the Chapple Fire Department. Funds are used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.
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,” says 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.”
“Access to quality training materials is always a struggle for a small department, and it is awesome to be able to receive these educational materials that our fire team can use to continue to keep themselves and the members of the community safe,” says Chapple Fire Chief Tyrell Griffith.
The Chapple Fire Department is located to the west of Fort Frances. The department is comprised of all volunteer firefighters who respond to calls for service including industrial incidents, rural structure fires, car accidents and CO alarms. Like other fire departments in Ontario, the members on the Chapple Fire Department require a wide variety of training to ensure the safety of everyone involved at an incident.