Alma and East River St. Mary’s are among 19 rural volunteer fire departments in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton to receive a financial boost from a new program that recognizes the many contributions firefighters make to rural communities.
Each of the 19 departments, selected in a random draw by Seaside Wireless Communications in Sydney, will receive at least $2,750, including $2,000 from Seaside and $750 from Nova Scotia Power. Thanks to contributions from local municipalities and other donors, some departments will receive nearly $5,000.
“As we expanded our wireless internet network throughout the 10 counties of northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, we’ve been impressed with the consistent and constructive role played by volunteer fire departments,” said Seaside CEO Loran Tweedie. “Our wireless division does all its business in rural Nova Scotia, so we think it’s only right for us to recognize the outstanding leadership of these men and women.”
“Firefighters are the heart and soul of rural Nova Scotia,” said Neera Ritcey, Manager of External Relations for NS Power “Many of our employees are volunteer firefighters. We’re very proud of the work they do in communities across Nova Scotia and we’re delighted to join Seaside in celebrating their admirable contribution to rural communities.”
Selected departments in Victoria, Richmond, Antigonish, and Inverness Counties and the Municipalities of Guysborough and St. Mary’s will receive additional funds thanks to the participation of their municipal councils.