Nov 8, 2019
Nov 8, 2019
Niobe Lake Fire Chief, Ronald Eady, said the reason for his request if to better serve the community by improving the first responders’ response time in an emergency. He requested $23,900 to purchase a used 4×4 3/4 ton truck complete with an equipment cab.
Having this truck means the firefighters will not have to use their personal vehicles to respond to an emergency, which creates liability and contamination issues from firefighter gear, which may create possible exposure to cancer causing agents. This past summer, they had a multi-vehicle collision with one victim ejected and one trapped. They had to load their extrication equipment into the firefighter’s personal vehicle and lost valuable time.
I called Chief Eady to tell him his grant was selected. He said he didn’t expect to win so this was great news. They are having their yearly meeting tomorrow – the perfect time to share the good news with everyone on the team!
Nov 8, 2019
This municipality’s Fire Department has a long tradition of volunteerism. With 48 active volunteers, two fire stations provide emergency services to the entire Township, which is intersected by two major highways. Highway 401 running east-west between Toronto and Montreal and 416 going north-south to Ottawa.
“While having 2 major highways within our community is good for business it also places a large burden on our Volunteer firefighters who have to respond to the associated emergencies,” said Chief Brian Moore. “Motor vehicle accidents represent 25% of our emergency calls and most are on 401 and 416. Multiple vehicle accidents are becoming more common and many include transport trucks.” The chief requested $13,495 to purchase a Hurst hydraulic telescopic ram.This equipment will make patient extrication faster and easier and will make the process safer for everyone involved, including rescuers and other motorists on the highway. For the best chance of survival, the goal is to have the patient in a trauma center within an hour (Golden hour) and the nearest center is in Ottawa, a 40-minute drive.
Nov 8, 2019
In a trauma situation, time is crucial. This department’s average response time is 35 minutes, already 40 minutes past the 911 call. Without proper equipment, bracing a vehicle can cost valuable time that might mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Chief Jeremy Jones requested $4,190 to purchase a rescue strut kit and winch. “This equipment will provide much needed bracing to overturned vehicles, transports, and collapsed walls of buildings,” said Chief Jones. “This strut system is ideally suited for quick set up and high sustained load capacity, which would allow us to perform a heavy rescue under a much safer situation for us and the patient.”
I called Chief Jones today to give him the good news and it turns out he used to watch my show when he was in high school. He said he has wanted this equipment for 7 or 8 years and I was especially glad to know it will be shared with two other departments, Wawa and Goulais.
Nov 8, 2019
The Montague Township Fire Department serves a population of 3,760 in Montague and several neighbouring communities. Chief Miles Greer requested $3,928 to purchase a Galaxy GX2 Automated Test System used to test and calibrate gas detection equipment. This is important because it helps protect the first responders from hazardous oxygen deficient situations such as carbon monoxide.
This vital equipment has to be tested regularly and right now, Chief Greer has to drive over 30 km each way at least once a week to have it tested, taking the department’s only full time member and truck away and not available in case of emergency.
I called Chief Greer with the good news. He said what I am doing really helps the small departments in a big way and I was happy to hear that.
Jul 5, 2019
Drones make a lot of sense for use in firefighting but they are expensive. McDougall Fire Chief Brian Leduc will be using a partnership to share the cost of the drone. The McDougall Firefighters Association and Jenny’s Heroes Canada will each contribute half of the cost (total: $4,479) to purchase a Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Kit Firefighter Drone.
The municipality has a mixture of semi-dense urban area with hydrants, along with some completely remote wilderness with cottages and campsites. These are difficult terrains to access, with some being water access only islands. “The drone will make our jobs as emergency first responders safer because the drone can fly into environments that would be very dangerous for firefighters to enter themselves,” said Chief Leduc. “The drone can fly into areas quicker that we can walk thus providing better outcomes for victims and crew members.”
This will provide valuable help with search & rescue, hazmat, wild land & structural Fires. Chief Leduc will also share the drone with all of their mutual aid partner fire departments. I called the Chief to congratulate him on receiving the grant. He said he was standing in six inches of snow! I am in California but grew up in Ontario so I know how beautiful that snow is.
Jul 5, 2019
The entirely volunteer Watten Fire Department serves an unincorporated area of 450 permanent year-round residents but from May to October, the population swells to 1500 with cottage owners and campers. The department requested $18,000 for a new Jaws of Life. The old one was donated in 1996 by a family after a traffic accident where this equipment was needed and not available but it is currently broken and not repairable. Besides that, the technology is much better now so they will be receiving a brand new Hurst Jaws of Life Combi Rescue Tool.
I called Fire Chief Chad Buist to share the good news that they are receiving the largest grant from this group for the Jaw of Life. “Fantastic! I am so excited,” he said, “I can’t thank you enough. Our department is all volunteer and to the people who are giving everything just to help the community, this will mean a lot to them.”
Chad is the Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services and volunteers his time as the Fire Chief. He also told me that the family that donated the first Jaws of Life recently moved back to the area and this will mean a lot to them. They lost their son in the accident and I am honored to pick up where they left off in helping the community. I am especially honored and blessed to be able to make this particular grant the the Watten Fire Department.
July 17, 2019
Here’s a nice article from the Fort Frances Times.
Click here to read.
Jul 5, 2019
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations is a proud and progressive Algonquin community situated on the shores of the Bonnechere River and Golden Lake in Renfrew County. They applied for funds to purchase 12 sets of new bunker gear to protect their volunteer firefighters. Their current gear in outdated and unsafe and none of what they have will fit any of the women volunteers.
They applied for $23,500 and were awarded $15,000 so we could share more funds with other departments. As always, we are overwhelmed with applications and want to help as many as possible. With this grant they will be able to purchase eight new sets of bunker gear. I personally called Angelina Commanda, the administrative assistant, public works, to share the good news.
Jul 5, 2019
High visibility lightweight coveralls are what is needed at Puslinch Fire & Rescue. They requested funds to purchase new coveralls to keep their 42 firefighters safe. Their request was for $14,000 but due to the high number (again) of applications we decided to offer $10,000 and share other funds with more departments that need safety equipment.
Deputy Chief Brad Churchill was thrilled when I called him with the news that they would be able to provide at least 30 coveralls for the department. “Providing coveralls for the entire staff was a wish list but I am over the moon with being able to buy 30 for another level of protection,” he said. He also said he was a fan of my show and used to watch me as a kid with his mother.
I forgot to tell him it was actually me calling so it was even more fun after I told him. I’m happy to help all the firefighters in Puslinch stay safe.
Sept. 4, 2019: Here is a nice story from the Wellington Advertiser: https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/jennys-heroes-funding-means-new-firefighters-gear/
Feb. 19, 2020:
Puslinch firefighters show off the new bunker gear the department was able to purchase. Here is the story than ran with this photo in the Wellington Advertiser today: https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/puslinch-fire-and-rescue-grateful-for-jennys-heroes-support/
Jul 5, 2019
Silver Water is located on the western end of Manitoulin Island with a small population of about 100 residents, which triples in the summer with seasonal visitors. They requested $5,000 to purchase a used water tender from a nearby fire department. The 1999 GMC is in excellent condition, having been well cared for, and represents an amazing value at $5,000. The new truck will replace the current one that’s 30 years old so parts are no longer available. The newer truck will be easy to maintain and safer to drive with heavy duty suspension.
I called Firefighter Tim MacInlay with the news that he would be receiving the funds for the truck and he was really happy, saying it was frustrating trying to find parts for the old one. “This is the smallest department operating on a shoe string budget,” he said, “and it is 100% volunteer.”
It turns out that Tim and his wife both lived and worked in my hometown of London. He was a machinist and she ran the library at Huron College. Once they went sailing up in the north channel they loved it so much, they decided to retire there. I can’t think of a better way to spend your time in retirement than to serve your community. Congratulations to Tim and his fellow volunteers.
UPDATE: Jan. 18, 2020 – Here is the new truck!
Here is an article from the Manitoulin Expositor:
This is what a portable scene light looks like and the Perry Township Fire Department has requested $4,000 to purchase two of these to bring light to emergencies that occur at night. These lights use LED technology and have a narrow footprint with an 84-inch extension pole so it can fit wide and narrow space and can be set up in 30 seconds.
I called Chief an Marshall with the news that they would be getting their new portable lights.