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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 specifically for first responders providing safety along the company’s project corridor rights-of-way. The Safe Community program awards grants of up to $7,500 for safety equipment, professional training, or safety education programs to organizations invited to apply, including fire departments, emergency medical and rescue services, emergency management organizations, 9-1-1 centers, ambulance services and law enforcement organizations. Deadline for the spring application review is March 31 and September 30 for the fall review. While all applications will be considered, priority consideration is given to invited applicants.
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.
Our Safe Community program began in the U.S. in 2002, and expanded to Canada in 2009, and has invested US$12.5 million (C$15.7 million) in North American emergency responder organizations since its inception—including US$1.7 million (C$2.3 million) in 2019 through 350 grants to community first response agencies.
Find out more about the core set of criteria that guides Enbridge's investment and sponsorship opportunities in communities where we operate.