West U Fire Department Receives $5,000 Equipment Grant
The West U Fire Department has received a grant from HUB International and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company for new nozzles and helmet lights.
The nozzles purchased with this grant are designed to oscillate in one place and operate unmanned, which frees up firefighters to do other things on the scene of an emergency. The nozzles can be used in situations where it is too dangerous for fire crews to remain close, like during hazardous-material incidents, excessively hot fires or tank cooling operations.
The new helmet lights aid a firefighter’s vision in smoky buildings and also on-scene of emergencies so they may quickly locate victims. In emergencies, firefighters need to be able to move quickly which can be difficult when carrying heavy equipment. Helmet lights free a firefighter’s hands to carry other gear.
“This equipment will help us use our limited manpower more efficiently on fire scenes involving protecting the adjacent exposures from catching fire,” Chief Steve Ralls said.
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire department and burn prevention organizations.
West U officials and firefighters will be presented with the grant package on Wednesday at the West U Fire Department at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.