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NDP MLA says funding will help fire departments to keep people safe on the North Coast

February 24, 2023 at 3:36 pm  Politics, Provincial

DAAJING GIIDS – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice says that new funding for equipment and training will help local volunteer and part-volunteer fire departments to continue keeping people safe during fires and other emergencies.

“Our local volunteer firefighters put their own lives on the line to keep people safe, not to mention dedicating a lot of time and energy in training and maintaining their skills,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “This funding will help fire departments to upgrade their equipment and training so they can respond quickly to fires and meet the unique needs of our rural and remote communities.”

The following local volunteer fire departments are receiving funding:

  • Port Edward, $30,000
  • Sandspit, $29,994
  • Daajing Giids, $29,878
  • Masset, $19,218

The funding is part of over $6.3 million that is being distributed to 114 local governments, First Nations, and volunteer and part-volunteer fire departments around the province.

Since 2017, First Nations and local governments have been approved for more than $111 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for more than 1,300 projects that help communities mitigate and prepare for disasters and climate-related emergencies.

Learn More: news.gov.bc.ca/28249

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