The Delia Firefighters Association is $2,500 richer after a local farmer, Brian Heck of Delia, Alberta nominated them for a community grant available through the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program.
It was the middle of harvest season last year when Heck decided to take his chances and nominate the Delia Firefighters Association– a not-for-profit organization he volunteers for on a regular basis.
“I didn’t expect, not by any stretch of the imagination, my nomination would win,” said Heck. “I was amazed when I learned the exciting news.”
And so was the Delia Firefighters Association, who did not know of Heck’s plan to find them funding for a new firehall.
“We had no idea he nominated us,” said Jeff Anderson of the Delia Firefighters Association. “But, we were thrilled to win and thankful he nominated us.”
So, where will the $2,500 be spent?
The Delia Firefighters Association has put the funding aside to build a much-needed new three to four bay fire hall for the community’s volunteer fire department.
Currently, Delia’s firefighters are operating out of a one bay firehall, which is stuffed to the brim with its three fire trucks.
“Having one bay slows our firefighters down,” says Caroline Siverson, CAO for the town of Delia. “They have to maneuver around the other trucks before heading out on a call.”
Siverson says this is a province wide problem, especially in smaller municipalities.
“A lot of these smaller fire halls are dated,” says Siverson. “As equipment gets bigger and more advanced, new fire halls need to be built to keep up with the times.”
The Delia Firefighters Association was chosen out of 160 applicants in 2012.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Visit www.CanadasFarmers.ca for more information.