By Fire Fighting in Canada
October, 10, 2018, Ajax, Ont. - The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) announced the recipients of the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Grant. A grant developed by The Jenny Jones Foundation to give back to those who serve as volunteer firefighters in Ontario. The grant dollar amount was set to be $25,000 but Jenny doubled the amount to $50,000.
The Jenny Jones Foundation reached out to the OAFC in May 2018 asking how they could give back to those who serve in their communities, and where a financial contribution would make a significant impact in Ontario.
The OAFC recognized the potential to work with Jenny, providing a medium to reach volunteer fire departments in Ontario, knowing this opportunity would make a difference to the departments and their communities. In addition, the opportunity aligned with the OAFC’s mandate to provide access to resources that help support their members’ role as fire and emergency service leaders in their communities.
More than 100 applications for the grant were received and from there, six departments were chosen for various equipment needs and funding amounts.
“This generous offer from Jenny Jones provides several volunteer fire departments the opportunity to buy much needed equipment so that they can offer the skilled, competent and caring services to the communities they are committed to protect,” says OAFC President, Chief Stephen Hernen. “We are grateful to Jenny Jones and her Foundation for recognizing the need that these departments have. Often, volunteer fire departments are challenged to purchase updated equipment, gear and technology to protect their firefighters. This grant will go a long way to supporting this important community service.”
Jenny Jones grew up in London, Ont., and wanted to give back to her home province. In partnership with the OAFC, Jenny established “Jenny’s Heroes Canada” to offer grants to Ontario’s volunteer fire departments for the purchase of safety equipment.
“I have a profound respect for anyone who chooses a life of service to the community,” says Jenny. “Even more so when the risks are great. My hope is that my contribution will keep Ontario’s volunteer firefighters safe and help them provide the best possible service to their communities.”
Jenny personally called each volunteer fire department to share the good news about their grant. The recipients of Jenny’s Heroes Canada – Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant are:
Fire Department: Nolalu Emergency Services Team in Nolalu, Ont.
Equipment: Newer 4x4 Pick-up Truck
Fire Department: Pellatt United Firefighters Inc. in Keewatin, Ont.
Equipment: Portable Pump
Fire Department: Laurentian Hills Fire Department in Deep River, Ont.
Fire Department: Papineau-Cameron Fire Department in Mattawa, Ont.
Equipment: Upgraded radio systems headsets
Fire Department: Wabigoon Fire Department in Wabigoon, Ont.
Equipment: Emergency Equipment
Fire Department: Redditt Volunteer Fire Department in Redditt, Ont.
Equipment: Computer, printer, television, DVD player