Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas) is helping Georgina Fire and Rescue Services purchase firefighting training materials through Safe Community Project Assist – a program with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge Gas operates.
This year’s $250,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 50 Ontario fire departments, including Georgina Fire and Rescue Services. Funds are used to purchase educational materials to assist in training firefighters in life-saving techniques.
“Enbridge’s generous donation of $5,000 to purchase firefighting and carbon monoxide training materials through Project Assist will provide our suppression staff with the necessary skill sets to protect our residents,” says Fire Chief Ron Jenkins.
Since the launch of Safe Community Project Assist in 2012, 294 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.
“At Enbridge Gas, safety is our priority. We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe, healthy and vibrant,” says Mike Ovsonka, Station Operations Manager, GTA East Region, Enbridge Gas.
“Safe Community Project Assist improves access to training materials for fire departments,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”
Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is a composite fire service with three fire stations that provide 24-hour, seven days a week protection to residents and visitors. It is responsible for the delivery of public education, fire prevention and code enforcement, fire protection, ice/water rescue and technical rescue. The department is also responsible for leading and coordinating the Town's Emergency Management Plan. Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is based on three lines of defence:
- Public Education
- Fire Safety Standards and Enforcement
- Emergency Response
It strives to provide the utmost professional and competent emergency service through is commitment to quality and excellence in the community for citizens and visitors.
About the FMPFSC
The FMPFSC was established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the FMPFSC promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the FMPFSC on Twitter @FMPFSC.
About Enbridge Gas
Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on Jan. 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is Canada's largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.8 million customers, heating more than 75 per cent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. For more information, visit enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.