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April 22, 2013
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Government invests in expansion of fire and emergency services facility

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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A provincial investment will help fund an expansion of the New Glasgow Rural Community Fire Company and improve emergency service to residents in 23 surrounding communities and three municipalities, including Cavendish, says Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“We are pleased to contribute to the expansion of this important community facility,” said the Minister. “The New Glasgow Rural Fire Company provides volunteer fire and emergency services to many Islanders, seasonal residents and visitors, and is a central site for Island EMS. These essential services contribute to the well-being and security of residents and visitors.”

The Island Community Fund is contributing $75,000 towards the total cost of the $315,000 expansion which will improve the efficiency of the building.

The New Glasgow Rural Fire Company has 34 volunteer members and responds to an average of 150 calls a year, with half of those assisting Island EMS on medical first responder calls. The fire hall is also the area’s designated shelter in the event of a power outage or disaster.

“The New Glasgow Fire Department is very pleased to receive an investment from the Island Community Fund. Government’s contribution helped construct a portion of the new 4,800 square foot addition which gives us more adequate indoor training space as well as two new truck bays, and fitness and meeting rooms. The extra space also allows Island EMS to post an ambulance here when needed,” said Jason Peters, chairman of Building Committee.

“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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