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.