Windsor Fire & Rescue Awarded Grant of $10,000 from CP Rail

The Windsor Fire & Rescue Services (WFRS) Hazmat CBRNE Team has recently been awarded a $10,000 grant from Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail).

“Grant funding from CP Rail has allowed WFRS added opportunities to train personnel and make equipment purchases,” said Deputy Fire Chief of Operations James Waffle.

Those purchases have benefited Windsor’s provincial level hazmat team over the last several years. Windsor Fire is one of the six provincially qualified hazmat teams and one of only three teams that include CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) capabilities. The team is equipped to service the nearly half a million citizens of Windsor and Essex County, as well as provide support for any large-scale response needed throughout the province.

The grant provided by CP Rail assisted Windsor Fire in hosting a provincially certified hazmat training program that brought 13 of its personnel to “Operations and Technician” levels. The training also saw six members of the Windsor Police Service and six members from Essex-Windsor EMS join in the program and receive certification at various levels as part of a joint venture.

 “We’re thankful for CP Rail and their continued support,” said Deputy Chief Waffle. “We look forward to continuing to work with them, and we’re hopeful to be able to deploy our personnel to the CP Rail training facilities located in the USA in the future. In the past this training has been very beneficial to enhance and upgrade WFRS hazmat skills and emergency response preparedness as it relates to rail emergencies.”

For more information on our hazmat team and additional fire safety messaging, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services invites you to visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @WindsorFire1.

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