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Enbridge fuels firefighter training with cash donation

$5,000 donation will be used to buy training materials for Collingwood firefighters
From left: Jerry Gitschel, Collingwood Fire Department training officer; Chief Dan Thurman; Grant Kilpatrick, Operations Manager with Enbridge; Mayor Yvonne Hamlin; Andrew Craig, Operations supervisor with Enbridge; and Deputy Chief Stephen Emo.

Enbridge Gas has donated $5,000 to the Collingwood Fire Department to support firefighter training. 

Andrew Craig, operations supervisor for Enbridge Gas in the GTA west region, said, in a news release, Enbridge values safety and the work that firefighters do to protect the communities. 

The donation is part of a $250,000 contribution by Enbridge Gas Inc. through the Safe Community Project Assist program with the Fire Marshal's Public Safety Council. The program supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge Gas operates. Since the launch of the assist program in 2021, there have been 344 grants given to Ontario fire departments. 

The funds will be used to purchase educational materials to assist in training firefighters in life-saving techniques.

“Fire departments train every single day and that’s why it’s important for them to have access to the right materials to keep their members and the public safe. Safe Community Project Assist helps departments afford some of these training tools and improves the ongoing learning that occurs across Ontario,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal, and chair of the Fire Marshal's Public Safety Council, in a news release.

Fire Chief Dan Thurman, with Deputy Chief Stephen Emo, Training Officer Jerry Gitschel, and Mayor Yvonne Hamlin were at the fire hall to accept the donation from Enbridge this week. 

“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 Thurman in the news release. “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 also for firefighters. It is important to keep current on the latest life-saving techniques.”