$50,000 of provincial funding is making its way to 10 local fire services in northwestern Ontario, to help support their much-needed work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"I want to commend the fire services for their dedication to protecting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal.

"This grant represents the difference in allowing fire departments to adapt and respond to COVID-19 related impacts that ensures both community and fire personnel safety, especially within small and rural communities."

The funding is part of a $5 million investment to enhance fire safety training and support fire safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

Ontario says the COVID-19 pandemic has created risks and unprecedented challenges for fire departments to conduct training and fire inspections, and the one-time funding will support in-person and online instruction needs.

“Across the Kenora-Rainy River Riding, a number of fire services are receiving support for their ongoing programs,” said Greg Rickford, MPP Kenora-Rainy River.

“Support for training and safety inspection programs is important to these local services across our region and I appreciate the continued efforts of our fire service first responders and their ongoing personnel development initiatives.”

Funding across the region includes:

$8,300 for the Kenora Fire and Emergency Service,
$6,500 for the City of Dryden Fire Service,
$6,500 for the Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service,
$4,900 for the Emo Fire and Emergency Service,
$4,800 for the Ignace Fire Department,
$4,800 for the Machin Fire Department,
$4,700 for Sioux-Nestor Falls Fire Rescue,
$4,700 for the Chapple Fire and Emergency Service,
$4,800 for the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department,