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First responders better equipped for emergencies in Annapolis County

Annapolis MLA Stephen McNeil was on hand at the Bridgetown fire hall recently to announce more than $100,000 for first response groups in Annapolis County.
Annapolis MLA Stephen McNeil was on hand at the Bridgetown fire hall recently to announce more than $100,000 for first response groups in Annapolis County. - Communications Nova Scotia

Provincial funds total more than $105,000

BRIDGETOWN - Annapolis MLA Stephen McNeil was in Bridgetown recently to highlight provincial funding to support a number of emergency responders in the constituency.

“Emergency responders are essential to public safety in our communities and we all thank them for their commitment,” said McNeil as he spoke to firefighters and searchers at the Bridgetown fire hall. "This funding will help ensure first responders have the equipment they need to be as safe as possible when helping others in emergency situations.”

The Province of Nova Scotia has provided almost $1.5 million in Emergency Services Provider Fund grants to volunteer fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations across the province over the last two fiscal years, including more than $100,000 to the following organizations in Annapolis County:

-- Annapolis County Ground Search and Rescue - $5,218

-- Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department - $19,251

-- Bear River Volunteer Fire Department - $19,870

-- Bridgetown Volunteer Fire Department - $7,937

-- Lawrencetown & District Volunteer Fire Department - $19,240

-- Middleton Fire Department - $20,000

-- Nictaux and District Volunteer Fire Department - $13,818

Under the grants program, eligible volunteer fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials teams, can apply for up to 75 per cent of new equipment costs, to a maximum of $20,000. Organizations can receive funding once every three years.

 

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