THESSALON — Enbridge Gas Inc. has confirmed the it is helping the local Thessalon Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials. The support is via the Safe Community Project Assist, which is 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 Gas operates.
“At Enbridge Gas, safety is at the core of what we do. Providing support to Ontario firefighters with emergency response training, we’re equipping the heroes of tomorrow to better protect the communities we live and work in by keeping them healthy and vibrant,” noted Brent Belec, who is the Endrige Gas operations supervisor for Sault Ste. Marie and area.
This year’s $250,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 50 Ontario fire departments, including the Thessalon Fire Department. Funds are used to purchase educational materials to assist in training firefighters in life-saving techniques.
Since the launch of Safe Community Project Assist in 2012, 344 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.
“The Town of Thessalon Fire Department would like to extend a sincere thank you to Enbridge for the generous donation that will provide up-to-date training material to enhance our ability to provide fire services to the Town of Thessalon,” relayed fire chief Scott Lawrence.
Back Row: Firefighter Charlie Wardell, Captain Spencer Lawrence. Middle Row: Firefighter Jeff Pulvermarcher, Assistant Training Officer Matt Murray, Firefighter Lee Turcotte, Captain Kyle Stuckey, Captain Jason Herrington, Deputy Fire Chief Ben Tetreault, Town Councillor and Fire Committee Chair Kevin King, Mayor Bill Rosenberg. Front Row: Enbridge Operations Supervisor Brent Belec presenting to Fire Chief Scott Lawrence.