Four of Woodlands County’s fire departments are hoping grant money can help them out with replacing and upgrading much-needed equipment in the coming years.
Blue Ridge, Fort Assiniboine, Anselmo, and Goose Lake fire departments need to replace their SCBA respiratory equipment as it nears the end of its life cycle.
The Blue Ridge Fire Department, on behalf of the four stations, has applied for funding from Pembina Pipeline Corporation Community Grants, outlining an acquisition plan for the replacement or enhancement of the equipment over a four year period.
Pembina requires a letter of support from Woodlands County as part of the grant process, and Mayor John Burrows says they will support the initiative.
The total cost to replace equipment for all four stations is $337,918. Should Pembina issue a grant, Mayor Burrows says Council will look into allocating funds in next year’s budget to help with costs.
If the equipment gets replaced, the plan is for Blue Ridge to have theirs upgraded first in August 2020, followed by Fort Assiniboine in 2021, Anselmo in 2022, and then Goose Lake in 2023.