On December 28, 2017 Fire Chief Barry Johnstone received $15,000 from Cody Kohlman, coordinator of Enbridge Inc. maintenance out of Hardisty. The donation was put toward a multi-platform camera. This donation is part of the Enbridge “Safe Community” program for towns along the company’s project corridor rights of way. This program awards grants to local first response emergency services including fire fighters and rescue services in rural communities across North America. The Enbridge Safe Community program has existed in the USA since 2002 and in Canada since 2009 and has invested about 10.7 million in North American emergency responder organizations since its inception.
Enbridge reports that the money from its program 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.
Enbridge has previously given money to the Provost Fire & Rescue to support the departments flash over building, self-contained breathing apparatus bottles, jaws and cutters.
Enbridge is recently working in the Provost area and has been since early August 2017 to work on its massive $7.5 billion Line 3 replacement pipeline construction project which is the largest project in Enbridge history. The line is being built from Hardisty to Superior Wisconsin and will have an initial annual average capacity of approximately 760,000 barrels of oil per day.