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Nova Scotia announces new founding for first responders

By Joe Thomson Sep 19, 2023 | 4:18 PM

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Nova Scotia’s first responders have been put through a lot over the past few years. Today the province announced a new fund totaling 1.5 million dollars that will support emergency service providers.

The money will be spread amongst 80 organizations and will go towards purchasing and upgrading equipment. The new Emergency Service Provider Fund is available to fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations, and hazardous materials teams.

“Our volunteer first responders work hard to support their communities, including in recent months as Nova Scotia has faced record-breaking wildfires and flooding,” said Premier Tim Houston in a press release. “They train and commit to this work outside their other professional and family commitments, and we are grateful for their unwavering dedication. This investment will help support the invaluable work they do.”

Each organization will be able to apply for up to $20,000 per year through the fund. Some of the equipment it will go towards includes rescue, water supply and personal protective equipment.