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Mattagami First Nation fire department buys new equipment with funding

It received $20,000 from Mattagami Trust
2020-11-24 Mattagami FD
Mattagami First Nation fire chief Curtis Fowler accepts a donation from Mattagami Trust chair Greg Luke. Also pictured is firefighter Nolan Naveau, fire department safety officer Betty Naveau and firefighter Troy Turcotte. Supplied photo by Dorothy Naveau

Thanks to new funding, the Mattagami First Nation Fire Department has made upgrades.

The $20,000 funding is from the Mattagami Trust.

 The fire department used the money to buy a new auto extrication tool and radios. 

"We had a few radios and now we have one for everybody," said fire chief Curtis Fowler. "We have 20 (firefighters)."

Fowler said the department submitted an application in August and received approval in October. When the department received funding, he was excited.

"Because then we could upgrade our tools, so we have the proper tools for the job, and good communication with everyone," he said.

Fowler said the funding will help the community, the surrounding area as well as the highway that the fire department serves.

 



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