The Timmins Fire Department is getting $14,900.00 from the Ontario Fire Marshal.

Deputy Chief Ellard Beaven says it’s to help work around COVID-19-imposed obstacles to training at the main station, right from physical distancing to space requirements.

“It was never intended to have that many people into one training area and as well as now with restrictions to COVID, it just restricts our opportunity,” he explains. “We’re doing more of an online-based training. So we’re looking at purchasing laptops, screen-sharing units so we can be training here and sharing at other stations as well as a large monitor in our training room at the main station.”

The fire marshal put up a total of $5-million.  Each municipality gets $4,500.00, plus an amount based on its population.