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Small communities all across Canada and the U.S. rely on fire departments, ambulance services, and other emergency responders to keep them safe. Money is perennially tight in rural municipalities with a small tax base. Equipment that could enhance the capabilities of these first responders, in a resource-constrained environment, is a luxury for some communities. Unfortunately, budgetary decisions such as these are made to the detriment of the communities, and add extra burdens and risks for first responders
Recognizing that, Enbridge in 2002 launched its Safe Community program for towns along the company’s project corridor rights-of-way.
The Safe Community program awards grants to local first-response emergency services, including fire fighters and rescue services, Emergency Medical Services, and ambulance organizations, in rural communities across North America. Enbridge’s Safe Community program has existed in the U.S. since 2002, and in Canada since 2009, and has invested nearly US$9.6 million (C$12 million) in North American emergency responder organizations since its inception.
This grant money is intended to be used to purchase safety equipment, obtain professional training, or deliver educational programs to help save lives and keep Enbridge’s right-of-way communities safe.
The safety of the communities near our projects and operations, and the people who live and work along our system, remain our highest priority. That’s why we’re proud to support the organizations that help keep communities safe.
Find out more about the core set of criteria that guides Enbridge's investment and sponsorship opportunities in communities where we operate.