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February 15, 2013
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Province invests in fire and safety

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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A provincial investment of $42,000 will upgrade protective gear at fire departments in Georgetown, Murray River and Vernon River and will benefit the local community, says Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“Volunteer firefighters provide an essential service to their communities and contribute to the well-being and security of residents,” said the Minister. “Government is pleased to invest in these necessary upgrades so that firefighters have the equipment they need to do their jobs.”

The Island Community Fund is sharing the cost of bunker gear, electrical monitoring equipment and new portable radios with the Georgetown Fire Department. Bunker gear, fire retardant coveralls, breathing apparatuses, and other items will be cost shared with the Murray River Fire Department, and a contribution to the Vernon River Fire Department will help purchase new firefighter protective gear.

“We are committed to working with Islanders across the province to support infrastructure improvements, maintain strong communities, and create an environment to accelerate business development,” said Minister MacKinley.

The Island Community Fund is focused on addressing infrastructure needs in communities across Prince Edward Island.

Media Contact: Kim Devine
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