Pictured above from left to right: Fire Chief Ted Bryan, HFN Councillor Donald Paudash, HFN Councillor Slade McCalip, Station 4 District Fire Chief Robin Adamson, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Sr. Advisor, Community Engagement Eastern Region Public Affairs and Communications Sonia Fazari, HFN Councillor Jeff Loucks, OSM Chief Administrative Officer Eleanor Rath, OSM Councillor/Fire and Protection Services Chair Bonnie Clark, HFN Administrator Denise Graham and retired District Fire Chief Ralph Loucks.
HIAWATHA FIRST NATION, Ontario (Feb. 23, 2017)—Hiawatha First Nation Fire Services as part of a departmental radio upgrade project will purchase new communications equipment, including a radio repeater, mobile radios and portable radios. This will allow firefighters to enhance their ability to communicate effectively and efficiently during emergency responses. This upgrade involves moving the radio platforms from VHF to digital. The purchase was funded by a donation from Enbridge and presented to Hiawatha First Nation and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan on Feb. 23, 2017.
“We express our gratitude to Enbridge for their donation in support of the Hiawatha First Nation Fire Station in partnership with the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan. These funds will go a long way towards meeting our communication equipment needs which will enhance service to the residents and promote firefighter safety,” said Fire Chief Ted Bryan.
This unique partnership for the provision of fire protection services between the communities of Hiawatha First Nation and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan is a model supported by Enbridge. The Fire Department, with 90 staff members, serves a population of approximately 8,000 residents provides protection from fire, life-threatening emergencies and dangerous conditions through education, prevention, rescue, suppression and basic life support services.
“We are pleased to once again support the safety initiatives of the fire department in Hiawatha First Nation,” said Jeff Paetz, Director, Enbridge’s Eastern Region Operations. “The safety of the community is a priority we share with Hiawatha First Nation. The purchase of this communications equipment will help ensure that first responders are properly protected and equipped in an emergency, enabling them to maintain the safety and welfare of the community.”
The Enbridge Safe Community Program provides financial support to first responders and safety driven organizations so they can acquire new equipment, obtain professional training and deliver educational programs. The initiative has provided funding to organizations across North America since its inception in 2002. Through investments in partnerships and human capital, Enbridge supports organizations that contribute to the economic, environmental and social well-being of communities near its operations.