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Ontario announces supports for firefighters

The province is investing $700,000 to support four free training projects for Ontario firefighters. 

Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday the training will focus on fighting fires in hazardous situations for small and rural services. 

Ford says the projects will help ensure over 200 professional and volunteer firefighters around the province are equipped and prepared for ground rescue and wildfire scenarios.  

He says there will also be courses for automobile extraction, boating and water safety, and elevator rescue. 

In addition, Ford says in recognition of the mental toll firefighting comes with, the funding will contribute to peer support training for suicide awareness and crisis intervention. 

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