Enbridge Gas is helping the Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service 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 Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service. Funds will be 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.”
“Project Assist has provided a great asset to our training and fire safety inspection programs,” says Chief Tyler Moffitt, Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service. “We are very fortunate to have been selected, as these materials will benefit both our team members and community as a whole.”
The Fort Frances Fire Ser- vice Rescue Service was established in 1903, and is a composite service, which consists of one fire hall, one full-time fire chief, six full-time firefighters, and 16 volunteer firefighters. The team responds to not only fires, but medical emergencies, motor vehicle collisions, water related emergencies, gas leaks and more.
Their service is complemented by a strong public fire safety education and fire safety inspection program. Post pandemic saw over 230 fire safety inspections completed annually. The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” The Council, chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC. For more information about Enbridge Gas, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow them on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.