First responders will be better equipped to respond to emergencies in Colchester North
Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced approximately $500,000 in investments under the provincial Emergency Services Provider Fund on Aug. 26. The funding will provide new equipment for 47 emergency service providers, including one in Colchester North.
"This funding helps fire departments and other first responders obtain the equipment necessary to respond to emergencies and keep us all safe," said Karen Casey, MLA for Colchester North. "We need to ensure our first responders are protected and have the tools they need to do their jobs as safely as possible."
The following services have received funding in Colchester North:
Debert - $20,000
Equipment to be purchased includes personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, hoses, radios, pagers and rescue tools. First responders include fire departments, HAZ-MAT organizations, and ground search and rescue teams.
Organizations may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000, once every three years.
The present equipment owned by the Debert Fire Department for use in the extrication of passengers from a motor vehicle accident is incapable of cutting the metal now used in many vehicles. New tools, a telescopic ram, spreader and cutter, will be purchased to replace the outdated equipment. The brigade hopes they never have to use the new tools, but in order to be prepared to respond to whatever the call they will upgrade this equipment.