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$3.5 million of provincial funds to go to volunteer Fire Departments

By Caitlin Snow Mar 16, 2023 | 1:25 PM

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Volunteer Fire Departments and Search and Rescue Organizations are going to receive a one-time grant of $3.5 million from the province, to help with rising operational costs.

There are more than 340 groups, so $10,000 each.

The organizations can determine how they will use the money, whether it’s upgrades or fire prevention education.

“This is great news for Colchester’s 17 volunteer fire brigades and ground search and rescue. Some brigades are very small, and these funds will be most helpful. I have a great deal of respect for the many volunteers involved, the amazing commitment to their communities and the hard work and training they do. I thank all the families and employers who support them and the provincial government for recognizing them in this way.”
– Christine Blair, Mayor, Municipality of Colchester

“This will help departments with the ongoing and rising costs of firefighting equipment and operational requirements. Departments are hyper aware of the need and necessity of maintaining required safety standards. The additional funding will aid in this process.”
– Joey Bisson, Chief, Bible Hill Volunteer Fire Brigade

“Throughout the pandemic, the impacts on the volunteer fire departments to raise funds to purchase new equipment and maintain funds to support operational costs, was greatly hampered. The financial support announced today is greatly appreciated and will assist the volunteer fire departments across our province by easing the burden of fundraising shortfalls and providing the ability to purchase much needed equipment without delay.”
– Greg Jones, President, Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia

The funding will roll out this month.


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