Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, next to tools and equipment purchased with grant money. (Submitted photo)

Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, next to tools and equipment purchased with grant money. (Submitted photo)

5 volunteer fire departments in Parksville Qualicum Beach receive grants via RDN

District receives $63,625 to support emergency services

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is receiving a total of $63,625 in new grants to support emergency services within the region.

The RDN received a $18,200 Community Emergency Preparedness grant for Training and Exercise Enhancement which is funded by the government of British Columbia and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities.

Through a partnership grant between the Canadian Red Cross and the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC (FCABC), with support from the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), the RDN was approved for six grants totaling $45,425 for a variety of firefighting and personal protective equipment (PPE) for local volunteer fire departments (VFD).

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“These grants enable the RDN to put new equipment in the hands of our dedicated volunteer firefighters as well as enhance emergency services training and best practices to better respond to emergencies,” said Tyler Brown, RDN chair. “We are grateful to the granting agencies for their support and helping the RDN be even more resilient and responsive when faced with an emergency.”

Through the Red Cross partnership grants, Bow Horn Bay VFD ($7,235) will purchase a new forestry-mounted fire suppression pump, Coombs-Hilliers VFD ($6,780) and Errington VFD ($6,640) will share use of four new Mark-3 Pumps, Extension VFD ($10,760) and Dashwood VFD ($9,310) will purchase new PPE, tools and equipment, and Nanoose VFD ($4,700) will purchase new tools and equipment. These grants will help provide the departments with the resources they need for everyday incident response as well as to respond to wildland urban interface wildfires.

Since January 2021, the RDN has received $503,724 in grants toward enhancing emergency services in the RDN including training, emergency support services, evacuation route planning, wildfire resiliency planning, fuels management planning and fire services equipment. Continuous learning through training, practice and planning is a critical factor in emergency preparedness. Grant funding supports the RDN through knowledge building, skill development and supplies, increasing the region’s emergency and disaster response preparedness.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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