Fire departments and first responders will once again benefit from improved equipment through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Applications for the Emergency Services Provider Fund are now available. The $500,000 provincial funding program are now available to helps fire departments and first responders purchase equipment such as jaws of life, pumps and hoses. “This fund helps ensure that emergency service providers have the proper equipment to perform their duties safely and effectively,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It helps make life safer for families in every region.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Application Forms are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf .
Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire Geawelltech, which sells, rents out and manufactures well- and geotechnical drilling equipment. Gruv Entreprenad Anläggning Welltech System, based in Jonsered, Sweden, has for many years been an Atlas Copco distributor of well- and geotechnical drilling equipment, and the majority of revenues are generated from this business. The company also manufactures drilling rigs suitable for a wide range of applications and has annual revenues of about SEK 90 million.“Geawelltech has a strong position in Sweden as a one-stop-shop supplier for customers within well- and geotechnical drilling,” said Johan Halling, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “Ground engineering is a strategic segment for us, and this fits perfectly with the existing Atlas Copco product portfolio.”The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter. The acquired business will become part of Atlas Copco’s new Surface and Exploration Drilling division in the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.