Union Gas Supports Espanola Fire Department With $2,000 for Safety Awareness Programs

ESPANOLA, ON, SEPT. 1, 2016 -

Presentation of Cheque to Mike Pichor and Ron Piche from Marc Tonelli

Mike Pichor (Espanola Fire Chief), Marc Tonelli (Union Gas Utility Services Manager) and Ron Piche (Mayor Espanola)

Union Gas supports the Town of Espanola with a $2,000 grant to Espanola Fire Department for a public safety awareness programs focused on "Call Before You Dig" and the importance of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

"At Union Gas, safety governs everything we do, whether we are building a pipeline or installing a gas meter at your home," said Marc Tonelli, Union Gas utility services manager. "And we share that commitment by supporting local firefighters in their efforts to help us all stay safe."

The Espanola Fire Department, which is made up of 28 volunteer fire fighters, respond to a wide range of different calls, including natural gas leaks and CO calls. Much has been done to educate the public and the residents of Espanola on both of these types of emergencies, but the department continues to receive calls on these matters.

"This generous donation from Union Gas helps to strengthen our collaborative partnership. We will be using the funds to promote and educate area residents on such things as the importance of "Call Before You Dig", and also the proper use and installation of mandatory CO alarms. Training and awareness, related to these matters are important for the fire department and for Union Gas," said Mike Pichor, Espanola fire chief. "Working together we are better equipped to keep our community informed and safe."

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For more information, contact:

Union Gas Limited
David Primorac
External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058

Espanola Fire Department
Mike Pichor
Fire Chief
Ph: 705-869-3888

For more information, visit espanola.ca.