News Natural gas provider gives training money to Timmins Fire Dept. SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Thursday, Oct. 17th, 2019 Enbridge utility services and construction advisor Andrew Kitaj (centre) presents a $5,000 cheque to Mayor George Pirie. Also picutred left to right are Chad Harvey, fire protection advisor from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office, Timmins Fire Dept. training officer Derek Byrnes and Fire Chief Tom Laughren. (Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff) Timmins fire chief Tom Laughren says training is key, so he’s happy to accept a $5,000 donation to his department’s training section from natural gas supplier, Enbridge. It’s part of the company’s “Project Assist” program, promoting natural gas safety through equipment and training. “For us it means an opportunity to look at either material or some hands-on training that we may not have been able to do without that donation,” Chief Laughren tells My Timmins Now Dot Com. The money is a nice addition to the fire department’s training budget, says Laughren. “You know, it’s not anything you plan for. It comes unexpectedly but at the end of the day, we’re proud to receive it and we’ll ensure that the training benefits not only the firefighters, but the community and Enbridge.” Timmins is one of 20 Ontario fire departments to pick up $5,000 from the Enbridge initiative.