Enbridge Gas supports Kingston Fire & Rescue’s firefighter training

From left to right: Deputy Chief Kevin Donaldson, Captain Matt Botting, Firefighter Jeff Olejnik, Acting Captain Matt Timmins, Enbridge Gas Operations Manager Steve Rogers, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council  Emily Folio, Chief Training Officer Richard Edworthy, Firefighter Wesley Orobetz, Firefighter Aiden Plouffe, and Deputy Chief Melanie Jones. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Kingston Fire & Rescue has received a $5,000 donation from Enbridge Gas Inc. through Safe Community Project Assist, a project with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge Gas operates. This donation will help KRF purchase firefighting training materials.

“At Enbridge Gas, safety is our priority. We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe, healthy and vibrant,” said Steven Rogers, Eastern Region Operations Manager for Enbridge Gas.

This year’s $250,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 50 Ontario fire departments, including Kingston Fire & Rescue. According to a release from the City of Kingston, funds are used to purchase educational materials to assist in training firefighters in life-saving techniques.

Since the launch of Safe Community Project Assist in 2012, 294 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training, the City noted.

“Safe Community Project Assist improves access to training materials for fire departments,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”

“Education and training are the foundation for firefighters to make crucial decisions. We are constantly adapting to challenging environments. Part of this challenge is to ensure our firefighters have the most up-to-date information at their disposal,” added Richard Edworthy, Chief Training Office for Kingston Fire & Rescue. “This donation will assist with ensuring information and training materials are both current and relevant in the pursuit of excellence and certification.”

To learn more about Enbridge Gas, visit www.enbridgegas.com

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