Once again the Government of Nova Scotia makes funding available to volunteer fire departments through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. This is a fund provided by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Government contributes 50% of the eligible costs towards projects designed to assist fire brigades with life saving equipment.
As the MLA for Colchester North, I am proud to announce that three volunteer fire brigades have been successful in their application for funding in 2014. Each fire brigade identifies their needs and submits an application that supports their request for funding.
Great Village and District Fire Brigade purchased self-contained breathing apparatuses for their members and their application for funding of $6,923 was approved to help with their purchase. I commend the members of the brigade for their ongoing efforts to be progressive with their life saving equipment, not only for the members themselves, but to assist them in their response to emergencies in their communities.
I was pleased to join Chief Dave Lundie, Firefighter Pat Flemming, Fire Commissioner Betty MacNeil, Deputy Chief Larry Kinsman, Fire Commissioners Keith Smith, Bobby Patriquin, and Audrey Fields and thank them for their hours of volunteer service to their communities.