Province invests in emergency services provider equipment

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Leicester, Truemanville receive funding for rescue equipment

AMHERST – Two Cumberland County fire departments are receiving funding for new equipment through the province’s Emergency Services Provider Fund.

The Leicester Fire Department is receiving $7,869 for rescue equipment, while the Truemanville Fire Department is getting $2,727 for rescue equipment.

In total, Municipal Affairs is investing $510,323 to help 47first responders purchase new equipment.

"The province is providing support to emergency service providers so they are able to help Nova Scotians in emergency situations." said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. "The funding will help ensure that first responders are protected and have the equipment they need to do their jobs as safely possible."

The fund was developed to assist first responders with the purchase of equipment used directly in response to a fire or emergency situations. Items eligible for funding under this program include personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, water supply, suppression, communications, rescue and thermal imaging equipment, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) suits.

Fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations, HAZMAT organizations and other first responder organizations are able to receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000.

Organizations can only receive funding once every three years.

Organizations: Emergency Services Provider Fund, Leicester Fire Department, Truemanville Fire Department

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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  • Ashley Perry
    August 26, 2015 - 13:50

    Unfortunately, this fund is largely inaccessible to Ground Search and Rescue teams in the province due to the dreadful lack of funding they receive. There are 23 teams in the province and they each get $3000 from the province. The Provincial Association receives nothing. That is the only guaranteed financial support they receive. Some teams get money from their municipality, others do not, but none of them get enough to properly operate. Some barely get enough to hold together as a functioning SAR team. They then have to fund-raise what they can to try to remain viable. If you look at the recipients of the 2014-15 ESPF grant, there were 47 recipients, two of whom were not fire departments and only one of the province's 23 Search and Rescue teams was represented. I would speculate that many of the SAR teams in the province do not have the money to put toward the 50% that they would have to pay for the equipment. Also, if you look at the categories of what is allowed or not, it is certainly targeted toward fire departments. There are not a lot of SAR teams requiring SCUBA equipment. Sadly, as beneficial as this fund is, it highlights the way in which the Ground Search and Rescue community is not being supported adequately by the Province and is not being properly recognized as a professional emergency response organization.