Ontario Investing in Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in Ingersoll

Targeted investments will help keep communities safe during emergencies

May 6, 2024

WOODSTOCK — The Ontario government is investing $42,680 in Ingersoll to help them prepare for and respond to emergencies. Funding is being delivered through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, a $5 million investment to help communities and organizations purchase critical supplies, equipment and deliver training and services.

“Special equipment is often needed when responding to incidents,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “This funding will allow Ingersoll’s emergency services to be even further prepared to address any situation that may arise.”

“The Town of Ingersoll Fire & Emergency Services are grateful for the funding received through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant,” said Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Baker. “This funding will allow our organization to purchase a drone that will provide enhanced service to our residents and provide a higher level of safety to our first responders during small and large scale emergencies.” 

“Through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, our government is stepping up to ensure Ontario is safe, practiced and prepared for any type of emergency,” said Caroline Mulroney, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “From floods to wildland fires, these targeted investments will empower communities and organizations to enhance their emergency response. Whether it’s building up local fire departments or enabling more efficient search and rescue operations, our government is giving communities the tools and resources they need to keep people safe.”

The funding is supporting 113 recipients across Ontario including municipalities, local services boards, First Nation communities, Tribal Councils, Indigenous service organizations and non-governmental organizations with mandates in emergency preparedness.

The Community Emergency Preparedness Grant is part of the $110 million the government earmarked over the next three years to strengthen emergency preparedness in Ontario.