The East Kingston Fire Department was awarded a $7,500 grant from Enbridge Energy, according to a press release.

The grant will allow East Kingston Fire Department to purchase three full sets of turnout gear for East Kingston firefighters, the release said.

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Below is a statement from East Kingston Fire Chief Ed Warren:

“We are honored to receive this funding to help purchase equipment to help protect the health and safety of our members while they work. Great work by administrative assistant Heather Desmond for identifying this source of funding to help benefit the department without any additional cost to our taxpayers.”

The funding was awarded by Enbridge Energy, a Canadian-based energy company, through the company's Safe Community First Responder Program, per the release. The program is designed to provide fire departments, ambulance services, and other emergency responders with grants to help first-responders purchase safety equipment or participate in professional training and/or safety education programs.

Representatives from Enbridge are expected to visit the East Kingston Fire Department on Friday at 3 p.m. to present the funding.

Applicants are able to apply for up to $7,500 in funding through the Safe Community First Responder Program. The program launched in 2002, expanding to Canada in 2009, according to the release. Through the program, Enbridge said it has invested $12.5 million in North American emergency responder organizations since its inception—including $1.7 million in 2019, per the release.

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