Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that the Ontario Government is investing $83,500 to help local fire services throughout the riding address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.
“Fire safety training has always been an important component for keeping local communities and our dedicated fire fighters safe,” Thompson said. “But during the pandemic, it has become a much more invaluable tool.”
The list of fire services receiving funds include:
Bluewater Fire $6,300
Elmwood Fire (Brockton) $6,900
Central Huron Fire $6,400
Goderich Fire $6,400
Howick Fire $5,500
Huron East $6,800
Lucknow Fire (Huron-Kinloss) $6,300
Kincardine Fire $7,400
North Huron $5,800
Saugeen Shores $7,900
South Bruce $5,900
South Huron $7,000
St. Joseph $4,900
The funding is part of a $5 million provincial investment to help municipal fire services respond to the local impacts of COVID-19 which created risks and unprecedented challenges for fire departments to conduct training and fire safety inspections. This one-time funding will enhance in-person and online educational instruction needs by increasing access to additional training.
It will also support updates to specialized critical equipment, such as high-speed internet, to enhance virtual training and enable remote options to support fire safety and compliance with Ontario’s Fire Code while minimizing exposure to the virus.
“Our government has listened to fire services across the province and recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on their operations,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This funding will enhance opportunities for training and support fire safety inspections needed to keep our communities safe. We are grateful to these brave, dedicated individuals for their commitment to protecting Ontarians as the fight against COVID-19 continues.”