With a grant received from the IGA this past year, the Hopedale Fire Department was able to purchase a reliable and strong snowmobile for when the fire truck cannot be used for emergency purposes. During the winter months, the only mode of transportation is by snowmobile and prior to receiving this funding from the IGA, the fire department had only an unreliable and older model. This new snowmobile will be used for getting to and from emergencies in a timely and efficient manner that will help protect lives and save property.

As Hopedale is a remote and isolated community, it is not able to avail of or share services with any other department. As such, the new snowmobile to be a life saving mode of transportation that will benefit the whole community.

“Hopedale Inuit Community Government is thrilled to have received funding from the International Grenfell Association to purchase a new snowmobile for our fire department. Living in a small remote community with little resources to buy parts for an aging machine can mean life or death if the snowmobiles are not in tip top shape and a fire broke out. Having this new snowmobile will mean our local volunteer firefighters do not have to worry in regards to the old snowmobile not starting or breaking down while responding to a fire. Our gratitude and thanks are sent to International Grenfell Association for this very valuable contribution. Nakkumek. Thank you.”, says Marjorie Flowers AngajukKâk (Mayor).