Thanks to a DuPont Pioneer Canada donation of $2,500 a team of South Dundas firefighters will receive some important specialized training in the near future.
The grant is being put towards confined space and high angle training to make use of new grain extrication equipment that is especially important in a farming community.
When South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan heard about this funding opportunity, he saw it as a natural fit for the South Dundas community, and brought it to the attention of South Dundas Fire Chief Chris McDonough.
“We’re seeing more and more on-farm (grain) storage all the time, and the more on-farm storage you have, the greater the risk,” said Mellan.
Chief McDonough explained that the equipment will be stored at the fire station in Williamsburg. A small group of firefighters there will receive the training, because if this equipment is needed, it will be in rural South Dundas.
Because Leeder and Quintan Products donated the grain extrication tool, the entire $2,500 from the DuPont community investment grant will go towards the costly training.
“We’re just glad that we can be involved with something like this,” said Leeder. “Hopefully you’ll never have to use this.”
South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds was pleased to be receiving this donation and for the generosity of all involved in working together to bring this equipment to the community. “In theory, it’s nice to have,” he said, adding that he too hopes that it is never needed.