Ontario Supporting Elgin-Middlesex-London Fire Services During COVID-19Published on April 26, 2021
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON —– Jeff Yurek, MPP announced today that the Ontario Government is investing $160,000 to help Fire Services in the riding address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.
Local allocations are as follows:
- $6,400.00- Aylmer Fire Department
- $6,400.00- Bayham Fire & Emergency Services
- $7,700.00- Central Elgin Fire Rescue
- $5,500.00-Dutton-Dunwich Fire Department
- $99,200.00- London Fire Department
- $6,800.00- Malahide Fire Services
- $14,100.00- St. Thomas Fire Department
- $7,800.00- Thames Centre Fire Department
- $5,800.00- West Elgin Fire Department
"Our government is committed to supporting Ontario’s fire services and thank them for their dedication to protecting our communities,” said MPP Yurek. “This new investment will enhance fire safety in our communities by providing the technology and equipment needed to support training and fire inspections during these unprecedented times."
The funding is part of a $5 million provincial investment to help municipal fire services respond to the local impacts of COVID-19 which created risks and unprecedented challenges for fire departments to conduct training and fire safety inspections. This one-time funding will enhance in-person and online educational instruction needs by increasing access to additional training.
It will also support updates to specialized critical equipment, such as high-speed internet, to enhance virtual training and enable remote options to support fire safety and compliance with Ontario's Fire Code while minimizing exposure to the virus.
"Our government has listened to fire services across the province and recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on their operations," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "This funding will enhance opportunities for training and support fire safety inspections needed to keep our communities safe. We are grateful to these brave, dedicated individuals for their commitment to protecting Ontarians as the fight against COVID-19 continues."