TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - Enbridge Gas Distribution ("Enbridge") (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) is teaming up with the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council to help Ontario fire departments with volunteer firefighters purchase firefighting training education programs.
Designed to supplement existing training in the communities where Enbridge operates, Project Assist is a new Enbridge program that provides $100,000 in funds to purchase educational materials for enhancements in life-saving firefighting techniques. This donation will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments with volunteer firefighters: Asphodel-Norwood, Brighton, Carleton Place, Champlain, East Gwillimbury, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Grimsby, Kawartha Lakes, King, Merrickville, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Orangeville, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Pelham, Petawawa, Springwater, Trent Hills, West Lincoln, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
"Firefighting is a dangerous and unpredictable profession," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "Regular training is an important part of being prepared for any hazardous situation. Project Assist improves access to training materials for municipal fire departments and positively contributes to overall firefighter health and safety."
"The safety of the community is a priority we share with local fire departments," said Paul Green, Director, Public & Government Affairs, Enbridge Gas Distribution. "We commend the dedication of Ontario firefighters and are proud to offer Project Assist to help enhance their training efforts."
Project Assist is an Enbridge Gas Distribution safety initiative supported through its Safe Community program. The Company also works with the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council to deliver Project Zero, a public education program to help eliminate fire and carbon monoxide deaths. To date, Project Zero has delivered more than 9,600 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in 34 Ontario communities.
About the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create "a world where no one is hurt by fire." The Council, Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal and supported by the Office of the Fire Marshal, operates at arm's length from the government and promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety.
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Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution and one of the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Enbridge Inc. has been selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012 and is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to more than 1.9 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information visit www.enbridgegas.com.
From left: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council Executive Director Art Pullan, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council Ted Wieclawek, Grimsby Fire Chief Mike Cain, and Enbridge Gas Distribution's Director of Public & Government Affairs Paul Green at the official launch of Project Assist in Toronto today. Project Assist supports Ontario fire departments with volunteer firefighters by providing funds to purchase firefighting training education programs.