Grant to be used to purchase Jaws of Life equipment
The Uniacke and District Fire Department is gearing a second truck up with Jaws of Life rescue equipment.
The department is purchasing an additional set of Jaws of Life vehicle extrication and stabilization tools to prepare for emergency situations that might occur as the district continues to grow.
“Our population growth right now seems to be at two different ends of the area,” said Todd Swinamer, fire chief for the Uniacke and District Fire Department.
He says a $20,000 grant the department acquired through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will cover half of the costs, while the fire department will pay for the rest.
“I’m expecting to have that equipment here within the next month,” Swinamer said.
The fire department has about 40 active members and, Swinamer says, they are always recruiting.
The Uniacke department, founded in 1948, was one of nine organizations from Yarmouth to Hants County to receive a portion of the $96,000 in Emergency Services Provider Fund cash the government announced in August.
"Funds provided through this program help fire departments and first responders purchase equipment to help them carry out their duties safely and effectively," said John MacDonell in the press release issued to announce the release of the funding. MacDonell, the incumbent MLA for Hants East, was the provincial government’s
minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations at the time of the announcement.
"We are committed to making our communities safe, healthy places for Nova Scotians."
An eligible group can acquire up to $20,000 through the Emergency Services Provider Fund to cover half the costs of a proposed project.