Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving the City of Williams Lake $25,000 through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund towards the purchase of four new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for the Williams Lake Fire Department.
FCC announced Monday that it is contributing $1.5 million to 84 community projects across Canada including seven in British Columbia.
“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about helping community-minded individuals and groups undertake projects that enhance the quality of life in rural Canada,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer.
“Our employees care about the communities where they live and work, and we share in their pride and sense of accomplishment by lending a helping hand.”
Williams Lake fire chief Erick Peterson said due to budget constraints the replacement was originally intended to be done in phases.
“The support of the FCC AgriSpirit Fund for this necessary equipment replacement will allow the City to acquire this equipment sooner than we had anticipated, and the positive impact will be felt by our firefighters immediately,” he said a news release.
“Ensuring our preparedness is a top priority as we work through another wildfire season, and we are very grateful for the support of the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.”
To date, the Williams Lake Fire Department has replaced 17 SCBA units.
(Editor’s Note: this article has been updated and edited to include comment from the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Fire Department)