Specialized disaster response teams in Thunder Bay getting more provincial funding

Up North

A unit of first responders in Thunder Bay that specialize in disaster response has received a boost from the provincial government. Christine Hogarth, the parliamentary assistant to solicitor general Sylvia Jones was in the city to announce 450 thousand dollars for an urban search and rescue and hazardous materials team. The money will go towards new and upgraded equipment as well as the necessary training to double the number of firefighters on Thunder Bay's team. The group in the Lakehead is one of 10 in Ontario, stationed in six municipalities, that make up a province-wide network of disaster response. In the north, another team is stationed in North Bay. The province says the money goes towards upgrades that respond to recommendations from the inquiry into the 2012 mall collapse in Elliott Lake.

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