Support for emergency service providers

The province is investing more than $1 million to help first responder organizations purchase the safety equipment needed to help and protect people and communities.

“Our volunteer first responders play a vital role in keeping our communities safe, and I thank them for their dedication and commitment,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “They spend countless hours training and responding to emergencies. This funding will help ensure they have the tools and equipment needed to keep them safe.

The Emergency Service Provider Fund provides funding to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazmat teams, to upgrade equipment used directly in the event of an emergency. fire or other emergency.


As Hurricane Fiona swept through Halifax, our members actively monitored the town’s most vulnerable homeless people. Although Halifax Search and Rescue has provided our team with windproof and waterproof jackets for over five years thanks in part to the ESPF, the pants have remained the responsibility of our searchers. The successful award of this grant will enable Halifax Search and Rescue to provide appropriate weather protection to team members when exposed to extreme conditions while supporting our community and conducting search and rescue operations.
Service N. Paul, Public Information Officer, Halifax Search and Rescue

Fast facts:

  • 56 organizations are receiving funding through the program this fiscal year
  • categories include personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus, communications, lifesaving equipment, miscellaneous firefighting equipment, hazardous materials equipment, and building emergency power
  • organizations can apply every three years
  • the program provides up to 75% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $20,000
  • October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week



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