NOEL: Four of the 77 first responders receiving funding from the provincial government are in the East Hants area.

Indian Brook Volunteer Fire Department; Enfield Volunteer Fire; Lantz Volunteer Fire; and Noel & District Volunteer Fire department will be receiving 18.4 per cent ($52, 038.72) of the $957,644 pledged from the Emergency Services Provider Fund.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement on Oct. 28 in Halifax.

In East Hants, Enfield Fire received $19,500 to be used towards bunker gear; Noel & District Fire received $3,405.72; Indian Brook Volunteer Fire was the recipient of $9,658 and Lantz Fire received $19,475.

“Our volunteer fire departments work hard fundraising for operations and equipment,” said Hants East MLA Margaret Miller in a news release.. “When the government is able to assist these departments with cost sharing funding that enhances the safety of our firefighters, everyone benefits.”

Equipment to be purchased includes personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, hoses, radios, pagers and rescue tools. First responders include fire departments, HAZ-MAT organizations, and ground search and rescue teams.

Premier McNeil said when Nova Scotians need help, it’s the province’s first responders, many of whom are volunteers, that answer the call.

“This funding will help firefighters, hazardous materials teams, and ground search and rescue volunteers stay safe while they help others,” said McNeil.

Colchester Ground Search and Rescue was also among the recipients of funding from the government. They received $5,603.10.

The $957,644 in funding is through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. It helps groups buy equipment including personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus and rescue tools.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!