Enbridge Gas Distribution is partnering with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to help The North Glengarry Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials.

“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 Rick Gazda of Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Project Assist is 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 will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including the North Glengarry 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, 120 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.

“Ongoing firefighter training enables fire departments to deliver emergency services efficiently and to ensure firefighter safety is maintained,” says Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “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.  I very much appreciate Enbridge partnering with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, to make this program possible.”

“Firefighting is a complex activity and proper training brings success in the field,” says Fire Chief Patrick Gauthier. “North Glengarry Fire Department’s frontline staff are very dedicated to the communities they serve and Project Assist provides them with the tools they need to gain the knowledge and skills required for the job they are expected to do.”

“We feel that public safety is of the utmost importance. Initiatives such as Project Assist help ensure that our firefighters are properly equipped and trained,” says Mayor Chris McDonell. “I would like to thank the Fire Marshall’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge for helping us provide the level of public safety our residents expect and deserve.”

For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.