By Nancy Abra
Enbridge Inc. who operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquid transportation system, is also Canada’s largest natural gas distribution provider with approx 3.7 million retail customers in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. (www.enbridge.com)
Enbridge states that they believe in communities and invest in those communities by partnering with organizations that champion solutions for safety, environmental and social issues across the U.S. and Canada. They realize that small communities across North America rely on fire departments and EMS responders to keep those communities safe. With money tight in rural municipalities budgets for the extras in equipment and training for these first responders, Enbridge launched a ‘safe community’ grant program in the U.S. in 2002 and then later in 2009 for Canada for towns along this company’s project corridor rights-of-way. This grant money is intended to be used for safety equipment, professional training and educational programs to help to save lives and keep these communities safe. (www.enbridge.com/safecommunity)
Since the beginning of the this ‘safe community’ program, Enbridge has donated nearly $12 million (Cdn) in North America which includes donations to 25 fire departments in Ontario and Quebec.
Ken Hall, Sr. Advisor Public Affairs for Enbridge said, “we strongly believe in safety along our project corridor and are proud to support organizations that help keep local communities safe.”
The money that Enbridge donated to the Thorndale Fire Station will be used for extras such as equipment for the training room at the new Thorndale Fire Station which officially opened in June of this year and wasn’t part of this building budget, also well as for the Emergency Operation shared with the OPP Police Services at this fire station.
Randy Kalan, Thames Centre Fire Chief said, “this is the third time we have applied and been successful for Enbridge’s Safe Community program. They have supported our Thames Centre fire services since 2012 receiving over $50,000 from them and we are totally grateful for their support and this program.”