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Project Assist to Support Firefighter Training in The City Of Kawartha Lakes

May 26, 2015 - Enbridge Gas Distribution is partnering with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to help Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service purchase firefighting training materials.

“Enbridge is proud to support Ontario firefighters who share in our commitment to help keep our communities safe,” said Joel Mackie, Operations Supervisor at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Project Assist is a program that supplements existing training for Ontario fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates.

This year’s $100,000 donation will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service. Funds will be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques.

Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 80 Ontario fire departments have received additional firefighter training.

“Firefighting is a dangerous and unpredictable profession. Regular training is an important part of being prepared for any hazardous situation. Enbridge’s Project Assist improves access to training materials for municipal fire departments and positively contributes to overall firefighter health and safety,” said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.

“We are pleased to be a recipient of this year’s Project Assist program. The funds we receive to purchase firefighter training materials will go a long way in helping us to give the men and women who protect us the support they need to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and of our communities, now and for the future,” said Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst.

“On behalf of myself and The City of Kawartha Lakes Council, we wish to recognize the brave men and women of the City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service. By receiving this donation from the Project Assist program, it will ensure that our firefighters are up to date on all training methods and materials so that they can continue to provide lifesaving skills and invaluable services to the residents of our community as well as providing our firefighters with the tools to keep themselves safe,” said Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham.

About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” The Council, Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, operates at arm’s length from the government and promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety.

About the Fire Department

The City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service is a composite department covering approximately 1,200 square miles and serving a population of approximately 72,000 that grows to about 104,000 during the summer months. The city stretches from highway #115 in the South, to the southern boundary of Orillia in the North. In the East, the boundary is Peterborough County spanning to Durham Region in the West. Prior to 2001, the city consisted of 16 separate municipalities and approximately 9 fire departments. Amalgamation occurred and fire stations were strategically located throughout the city. Today, the fire department has 21 fire stations comprised of 24 full-time firefighters and 350 volunteers, plus administrative staff, responding to 2,400 emergency calls in 2014. For more information, visit www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

About Enbridge Gas Distribution

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Enbridge has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past seven years and was also named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2015. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGasNews.

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For more information, please contact:

Kathy Ash
Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com

Ron Woolfrey
Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service
Tel: 1-705-324-5731 ext. 586
Email: rwoolfrey@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

Tanya Bruckmueller
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Tel: 1-855-884-5112
Email: enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com

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