Mattagami First Nation fire department buys new equipment with funding

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Thanks to new funding, the Mattagami First Nation Fire Department has made upgrades.

The $20,000 funding is from the Mattagami Trust.

The fire department used the money to buy a new auto extrication tool and radios.

"We had a few radios and now we have one for everybody," said fire chief Curtis Fowler. "We have 20 (firefighters)."

Fowler said the department submitted an application in August and received approval in October. When the department received funding, he was excited.

"Because then we could upgrade our tools, so we have the proper tools for the job, and good communication with everyone," he said.

Fowler said the funding will help the community, the surrounding area as well as the highway that the fire department serves.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com