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Donation to Collingwood Fire Department will support firefighter training

Funding comes from Enbridge Gas Inc.'s Project Assist
2019-11-22 Enbridge Collingwood FD donation
Pictured left to right: Fire Training Officer Jesse Bull, Deputy Mayor Keith Hull, Fire Chief Ross Parr, Mayor Brian Saunderson, John Doucet (Fire Protection Advisor, OFMEM), Amrit Kuner (EIT, Enbridge), Deputy Fire Chief Dan Thurman, Joe Corrigan. Photo supplied by Field Supervisor, Enbridge

Enbridge Gas Inc. is helping the Collingwood Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials, through Project Assist – a program that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates.

This year’s $100,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including Collingwood Fire Department. Funds will be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.

Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 174 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.

“Project Assist improves access to training materials for municipal fire departments,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and chief, Emergency Management. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”

“On behalf of the Town of Collingwood and the Collingwood Fire Department, we would like to thank Enbridge and Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for the very generous donation of $5,000 towards new training materials for our firefighters,” said Town of Collingwood Fire Chief Ross Parr. “With a new training division, this donation will be used to purchase updated firefighting training materials and educational materials to enhance life safety techniques which are critical not only for our community but for firefighters. It is important to keep current on the latest life-saving techniques.”

“The Town of Collingwood is very appreciative of Enbridge’s support for our Fire Department,” said Town of Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson. “This is a great example of how good corporate citizenship can impact and strengthen our communities.”