Jenny Jones supports volunteer fire services across Ontario, once again increasing her Jenny’s Heroes Canada Fire Services Equipment Grant and announced the successful winter 2019 recipients!

After receiving over 40 responses to the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant from volunteer fire departments across Ontario, Jenny Jones, once again, showed her true generous nature and increased the value of the grants!  Originally, the winter grant was to total $25,000, but thanks to the overwhelming show of need of our volunteer fire service, and Jenny’s generosity, she decided to increase the grant allocation to $38,500!

Four local area volunteer fire departments from the Algoma District which include Goulais Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Aweres Volunteer Fire Department, Batchewana Fire Department and Searchmont Community Fire Department submitted a joint application and were awarded a grant totalling $15,000. The funds will be used towards the replacement of a radio repeater and associated equipment. This new equipment will allow for long distance communications from their dispatch centre in Sault Ste. Marie as far as 100 kilometers away, replacing equipment that is over 25 years old. The aging equipment recently failed and took two days to repair due to replacement parts being difficult to source.

“It was an easy decision to continue the grants,” says Jenny. “From speaking with all the fire chiefs, I’ve learned that even a small gift like a thermal imaging camera or a gas detector can actually save a life. I plan to continue supporting these volunteers as long as the need is there.”

OAFC President Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin noted that the OAFC is always looking for ways to further support our members, and the partnership with Jenny’s Heroes Canada is just one example of how we are working hard to find opportunities to support our members, and the fire service in Ontario.

“We are grateful to Jenny Jones and Jenny’s Heroes Canada for partnering with us and for recognizing the need for updated equipment for our volunteer fire services.” noted President Ross Tustin.  “Many of the fire departments receiving these grants have limited budgets and work hard to spread resources as best they can.  I am absolutely thrilled that these grants will help increase the safety of Ontario, and will help protect our firefighters so they can continue to provide a valuable and necessary service in their communities. Jenny’s generosity knows no bounds!”

If your department didn’t receive a grant this time, don’t fret, you still have two more opportunities in 2019 to apply for the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant.  We encourage all volunteer fire services to apply for the next grant cycle which opens on May 13, 2019.  For more information on the application process and submission dates, please visit: https://www.oafc.on.ca/jennys-heroes-canada-2019-ontario-fire-services-equipment-grant

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