The Chestermere Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $27,425 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada.

Staff with the city say the money will be used to buy rope rescue equipment, enhancing the department's ability to perform technical and high angle rescues while elevating the level of service to Chestermere residents.

According to the city, the funds will also allow the department to better respond to emergencies involving heights and confined spaces, as well as support basic rescue practices.

“Chestermere is a growing community with lots of challenges for the fire department to meet, this grant improves firefighter safety and gives us the equipment necessary for technical rescue, which keeps our residents and visitors safer. Thank you to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada," says Matthew Slimmon, Training & Prevention Officer for Chestermere Fire Services.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has awarded 351 grants to public safety organizations since 2015.