Project Assist supports firefighting training

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services will use funding from Project Assist to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques and develop modern firefighting techniques.

Enbridge Gas Distribution partners with the Fire Marshal Public Fire Safety Council on Project Assist, a program that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities in which Enbridge operates.

“Safety is a priority at Enbridge and we are proud to support Ontario firefighters who share in our commitment to help keep our communities safe,” says Bhavini Mistry of Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 120 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training. This year’s $100,000 donation will be shared by 20 departments.

“Ongoing firefighter training enables fire departments to deliver emergency services efficiently and to ensure firefighter safety is maintained,” says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Fire Safety Council chair. “The support that Project Assist provides is very helpful to the fire departments who receive it and the volunteer firefighters who benefit from these educational resources.”

Programs like Project Assist help municipalities train fire prevention officers and firefighters to proactively recognize potential hazards and develop techniques to address modern-day fires.

“With the ever-changing materials used during home construction, furniture creation and in household cleaners, training staff in public education, code enforcement and modern firefighting techniques is of the outmost importance,” said Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire Chief Richard Renaud.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire & Emergency Services is a composite department with two fire stations staffed with career and volunteer firefighters. The department annually answers an estimated 1,400-plus calls for help.

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville photo

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