Fort Erie Fire Department gets a boost from local gas utility company


Published November 26, 2021 at 4:26 pm

The Fort Erie Fire Department, which is largely dependent on volunteers, is getting a big assist from Enbridge Gas.

The gas company is making a $250,000 donation through their Safe Community Project Assist to 50 fire department around the province, including Fort Erie’s.

The project, which boosts existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates (such as Niagara Region), will see the funds used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.

“The continuous improvement of a fire department requires passionate people, the will to excel, and the resources to train the remarkable men and women of our department,” said Fort Erie Fire Chief Ed Melanson. “The Safe Community Project Assist grant is a welcome contribution to all of the fire service training programs we provide.”

Bike Balkanci, the Director of Enbridge Gas GTA West/Niagara Operations, said his company’s priority was the safety of the communities they serve.

“We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe,” Balkanci said.

The Fort Erie Fire Department consists of a public education division with 15 volunteer public educators, a three-person career fire prevention division and, a response division containing 110 volunteer firefighters spread amongst four volunteer fire stations.

The three divisions are all supported by an administrative staff consisting of a fire chief, deputy fire chief, senior administrative assistant, administrative clerk, and a mechanical officer located at Central Station Headquarters, 444 Central Avenue.

(Below: Fort Erie Fire Chief Ed Melanson)

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