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Cold Lake Fire-Rescue bolstered by $15,000 corporate grants for new rescue equipment

To significantly boost their life-saving capabilities, Cold Lake Fire-Rescue has secured two grants totaling $15,000 from the Enbridge Fueling Future program.  

These grants will be instrumental in updating critical rescue equipment, ensuring the department remains at the forefront of emergency response in the Cold Lake region.  

Mayor Craig Copeland underscored the importance of keeping the Fire-Rescue’s equipment current and commended the support from corporate partners. “Keeping Cold Lake Fire-Rescue up to date with their equipment is important. It’s always good to see corporate partners step up to assist,” said Mayor Copeland. “Fire-Rescue members work hard to be prepared to assist residents of Cold Lake and our greater region, and these grants will help them do their job while keeping their members safe.” 

The Enbridge Fueling Futures program has provided two grants, each amounting to $7,500. One grant will go towards acquiring new rope-rescue equipment, crucial for high-altitude rescues. The existing equipment showed signs of wear and aging, necessitating an upgrade to ensure the safety and efficacy of rescue operations.  

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The second grant will enhance Cold Lake Fire-Rescue’s river-rescue capabilities. Currently, the department has two river-rescue watercraft, and they will expand their resources with the new funding. This expansion includes a watercraft trailer and additional safety equipment such as lifejackets, helmets, and paddles.  

Fire Chief Jeff Fallow expressed his gratitude for the support, stating, “Our members are dedicated to keeping their skills up to date, and it’s very encouraging to see Enbridge help keep our equipment current as well. We serve a large area with diverse terrain and many options to recreate by water. Both rope rescue and water rescue are relevant disciplines in the context of our community and region. It’s encouraging to see community partners recognize the importance of this equipment and make these valuable contributions to our service.” 

The new rope-rescue kits have been procured for each of the two fire stations in the city, ensuring comprehensive coverage. Additionally, the watercraft trailer and accessories are ready for deployment, reinforcing Cold Lake Fire-Rescue’s readiness for future rescue calls. The grants from Enbridge exemplify the vital role corporate partnerships play in bolstering community safety and emergency response capabilities.  

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