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Public Safety Canada

April 27, 2009 11:13 ET

Minister Van Loan Announces $2.5 Million for Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Training

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing up to $2.5 million over five years to the Canadian arm of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF Canada) to implement a hazardous materials (HazMat) training program.

"I am pleased to announce funding that will significantly increase the number of Canadian first responders who have the skills and knowledge necessary to respond to a HazMat incident," said Minister Van Loan. "Our ongoing commitment to enhancing emergency response will better protect all Canadians."

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger hailed the announcement as a significant commitment to both public and first responder safety. "I am very pleased at the ongoing nature of this funding for five years. Our HazMat training program will ensure that first responders have the skills to keep Canadians safe."

The funding will allow IAFF Canada to deliver more than 15,000 hours of hazardous materials response training annually to firefighters and to other first responders who are employed by local emergency service agencies.

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