Once again the Government of Nova Scotia makes funding available to volunteer fire departments through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. This is a fund provided by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Government contributes 50% of the eligible costs towards projects designed to assist fire brigades with life saving equipment.
As the MLA for Colchester North, I am proud to announce that three volunteer fire brigades have been successful in their application for funding in 2014. Each fire brigade identifies their needs and submits an application that supports their request for funding.
Great Village and District Fire Brigade purchased self-contained breathing apparatuses for their members and their application for funding of $6,923 was approved to help with their purchase. I commend the members of the brigade for their ongoing efforts to be progressive with their life saving equipment, not only for the members themselves, but to assist them in their response to emergencies in their communities.
I was pleased to join Chief Dave Lundie, Firefighter Pat Flemming, Fire Commissioner Betty MacNeil, Deputy Chief Larry Kinsman, Fire Commissioners Keith Smith, Bobby Patriquin, and Audrey Fields and thank them for their hours of volunteer service to their communities.
The funding from our Government is designed to support the special needs of each community. In Tatamagouche the volunteer fire department submitted a project that would allow them to purchase water supply and suppression equipment designed to enhance their ability to respond on site to a fire.
Government’s contribution to the Tatamagouche Volunteer Fire Department again was 50% of their eligible cost for a maximum contribution of $5,624. On hand to receive the funding and to receive congratulations for their ongoing service to the community were Captain Matt Forbes, Firefighter Jeremy Russell, Deputy Chief Tim Colburn, and Retired Chief Jim Forbes. It is interesting to note that the fire truck in the picture dates back to 1941 and is still a proud member of the brigade’s fleet.
A maximum contribution of $13,655 was provided to the North River Fire Brigade and they are to be congratulated for their successful application. The matching 50% from the brigade itself will be covered by fundraising activities by both the Brigade and the Auxiliary and our thanks goes to the community who continue to support their firefighters. In order for the North River Fire Brigade firefighters to be better equipped, this money will go towards the purchase of personal protective equipment for the firefighters and first responders. Joining me at the North River Fire Hall were LeRoy Hansen and Doug McNutt.
I want to congratulate these brigades and all others in Colchester North who continue to provide protection in their communities and to encourage them to take advantage of the Emergency Services Provider Fund as they look to upgrading or enhancing their firefighting and emergency response equipment.
Karen Casey, MLA