Local fire departments are getting a boost from the provincial government.
The emergency services provider fund is allowing Digby County departments to buy almost $40,000 in new equipment.
Kings North MLA Jim Morton was in Bear River on Friday, Sept. 14 to announce $10,500 in funding for that department.
“Volunteer fire fighters play a crucial role in supporting rural communities across the province,” said Morton. “Given the danger these brave Nova Scotians often face, it is critical they have access to good working equipment.”
Bear River purchased new 4” supply hose, 2 ½” hose and 1 ½” hose.
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations administers the $500,000 fund. Departments are allowed to apply every other year for 50 per cent of eligible equipment costs up to a maximum of $20,000.
Freeport Fire Department received $7,500 towards Jaws of Life, Westport $8,500 for bunker gear, and Clare Search and Rescue $11,300 for personal protective equipment.
Deputy chief Jim Nixon says the money allows them to put other funds towards building maintenance and fuel for the trucks.
“We have to regularly replace hose when it gets worn or damaged,” says Nixon. “Keeping this in working order is a priority for us and we are very pleased to have the province help us with that.”