Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

February 21, 2012 09:00 ET

Harper Government Announces Measures to Improve Fire Protection on Manitoba First Nations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today federal government support to improve fire protection on Manitoba reserves.

"Investments in firefighting assistance and training are crucial to maintaining the health and safety of First Nation residents," said Minister Duncan. "This investment will strengthen the ability of Manitoba First Nations' firefighters to protect the people and homes in their communities."

"Our Government is committed to improving the quality of life for First Nation people across Canada," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "This funding will help First Nations in Manitoba, and across Canada, to build stronger, safer and more viable communities."

The Manitoba Association of Native FireFighters will manage the purchase and distribution of equipment, and will work in partnership with Manitoba tribal councils in the delivery of education and training related to fire prevention and protection.

"Every reserve in Manitoba will be a little more prepared in fighting structural fires, thanks to this new equipment making its way into First Nation communities," said Gerald Houle, President of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Association of Native FireFighters. "Being prepared is the first step in making sure our firefighters are able to help protect our communities."

Funds will be used for the purchase of:

  • six fire trucks,
  • three garages for fire trucks,
  • 227 sets of turn-out gear and breathing apparatus,
  • training for volunteer firefighters, and
  • fire prevention education for communities.

This $4 million investment is in addition to the $3.2 million funding for operations and maintenance of fire protection services on First Nations in Manitoba in 2011-2012.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    819-953-1160

    Manitoba Association of Native FireFighters
    Gerald Houle
    President
    info@manff.ca