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Gas detector purchased with Enbridge grant

by David Fleet

December 05, 2012

Groveland Twp.-The township fire department recently added one more safety tool in its arsenal thanks to Canadian energy distribution company Enbridge, Inc.

Enbridge donated $1,000 to the township fire department for gas detectors through a grant they administer through the Safe Community Program.

Enbridge is replacing approximately a total of 210 miles of its existing Line 6B crude oil pipeline from Griffith, Ind. to Sarnia, Ontario. The project is scheduled to occur in two phases, with the first phase replacing 75 miles this year, including a 50 mile stretch from Stockbridge to Ortonville. The first phase includes 3 miles of pipeline in Groveland Township and 3 miles in Brandon Township, ending at a pump station near Cook's Trail.

Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said the gas detector is a good precaution.

"The Enbridge pipeline is deep and they push different products through it within the township," said McGee. "The gas detectors are a good back-up plan in case of emergency and sometimes we have to rely on that."

The MSA gas detectors will determine if the air is hazardous and recognize the type of gas in emitted air. .

"The township fire department now has two gas detectors which can also be used when a CO2 alarm goes off inside a home," he said. "We can tell quickly if there is a problem."

The Safe Community Program (formerly the 9-11 Fund) is dedicated to providing small grants to first-responder organizations, like the township fire department located in the U.S. communities that host Enbridge operations to help underwrite equipment acquisitions or training that would help organizations respond to emergency situations.

Brandon Township has a similar multi gas detector in use. Oxford Fire Department also received a similar grant from Enbridge.