Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones speaks at the opening of the120th Fire Fighters Association of Ontario convention on Monday July 29, 2019 in Paris, Ontario. On Wednesday Jones announced Windsor would be receiving a disaster response team.
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Windsor is getting new funding for disaster response teams.The province on Wednesday named Windsor as one of six Ontario cities to receive part of the $2.5 million for municipal urban search and rescue, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive, and hazardous materials teams.The investment will provide funding for teams with specialized rescue skills to help people trapped in collapsed structures, assist with life-saving operations and provide immediate medical assistance to survivors. Teams responding to incidents involving chemicals, biological agents, radioactive and nuclear contamination or explosions will also receive funding.“When disaster strikes, Ontario families need to have confidence that help is on the way. That’s why we’re providing communities across the province with funding to respond quickly and effectively to large-scale and complex emergencies,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a news release. “First responders put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us. That’s why we are committed to providing these brave men and women with the tools they need to keep our communities and our families safe.”The government’s announcement will support 10 specialized emergency response teams in North Bay, Ottawa, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Windsor. The teams will be operated by their municipalities and support provincial efforts through an agreement with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.The announcement follows recommendations made by the Elliot Lake Inquiry, brought upon by the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., in 2012. Two people died and more than 20 were injured in the collapse.Related