Union Gas helps Red Lake Fire and Rescue Service enhance training

$2,500 grant for emergency training materials

BALMERTOWN, ON, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping Red Lake Fire and Rescue Service with a $2,500 grant to purchase emergency training materials which will be used by the volunteer fire department to maintain and enhance emergency services within the Municipality of Red Lake.

Duane Harris, Union Gas utility services manager for Kenora presented the cheque to Walter Scarrow, Red Lake Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief and Municipality of Red Lake Council members at the Municipal office in Balmertown, today.

"As a company, our focus on safety doesn't end with the workday. We believe in investing in programs that will help make our communities safer 24/7," said Harris. "That's why we make it a priority to support our first responders, which will help make Red Lake a safer community."

"Red Lake Fire and Rescue Service is proud to partner with Union Gas to help increase the level of training in our volunteer fire department," said Scarrow.  "We would like to thank Union Gas for this generous donation and their shared commitment to the safety of our community."

In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses and contributing to the province's economy through investment, job creation, municipal taxes and energy efficiency programs, Union Gas has a clear set of best practices regarding the environment and actively encourages and promotes those practices via community groups throughout its distribution area. This value is reflected each year, as the company supports communities across Ontario through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed about $3 million to charitable organizations across the province, including environmental programs and projects. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Red Lake Fire and Rescue Services
Red Lake Fire and Rescue Service (RLFR), is committed to the protection of lives, property, and the environment within the Municipality of Red Lake through Fire Prevention, Public Education, and Emergency Response. RLFR is deployed from five fire stations, with a fleet of 10 trucks and a crew of 65 volunteer fire fighters and a full time Fire Chief.  For more information, visit redlake.ca.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
astass@uniongas.com

The Municipality of Red Lake
Mark Vermette
CAO
Ph: 807-735-2096, ext.  229
Cell: 807-727-0181
mark.vermette@redlake.ca


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