The Carleton Place fire department, known since the 1860s as the Ocean Wave Fire Company, has received a coveted $5,000 grant from Project Assist, a joint venture of Enbridge and the provincial fire marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. It’s the second time Carleton Place has been chosen for the grant, which allows allows fire services with volunteer firefighters to purchase firefighting training education programs.
A beaming Les Reynolds, the town’s director of protective services, accepted the cheque at Carleton Place’s Sept. 26 town council meeting. Reynolds explained that materials, such as the latest edition of Essentials of Firefighting – what he called “the standard textbook for training firefighters in the province, and every member of the department has a copy” – costs $94.15 per copy. The previous grant allowed the team to purchase training videos. “This is money that will be put to good use,” he added.
Jamie LeBlanc, Enbridge’s director of customer connections and construction, chimed in that the company “feels a duty to communities we serve to support safety, and that’s always a number one priority. Giving this funding to first responders to update their training materials is very much something that we are pleased to do.”
A fire protection advisor with the provincial fire marshal’s office, Stéphane Dubuc, reminded councillors that “training is a key component, so this is the kind of material that goes a long way. When you go into a class and everyone has a book, that makes the learning environment that much easier.”
Reynolds also praised a number of other Enbridge initiatives, such as Project Zero, which provides carbon monoxide detectors to “the most vulnerable sectors of the population. They also have an excellent training area in Markham that they make available to fire services across the province to train on how to deal with natural gas emergencies.”