HOW FSF EQUIPMENT GRANTS HELP
Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department/ Marion County EMA, Tazewell, Georgia - $5,000 for Thermal Imager
Tazewell is a rural community in Marion County in west central Georgia near Alabama. Their primary service area is 80 square miles, which extends to 366 square miles when considering their mutual aid agreements within Marion County. Like many communities with little tax support, the Department must rely on fundraisers and donations to fund its activities thus making it very difficult to obtain a high cost item such as a thermal imager. Nonetheless, believing an imager would decrease the life threat of fires to its members and help search and rescue operations, the Department asked FSF for help in acquiring one. FSF was glad to help..
Reno Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Reno, Texas - $4,000 for Pulse Oximeter
Reno is a rural area 100 miles northeast of Dallas near the Oklahoma border. The area is growing rapidly with new structures, businesses, and industries. This growth is good news but tax revenues can’t keep up with additional demands. Area residents are largely on low and fixed incomes thus unable to donate enough funds to enable the Department to purchase critical equipment.
An Oximeter is especially important now, for instance, because an increase in structures creates even greater need for carbon monoxide testing. The Department saw the Oximeter as a critical requirement for resident and firefighter safety, and asked FSF for help. They are purchasing it now with an FSF grant and will make available to neighboring communities.
Orderville Fire Department, Orderville, Utah - $2,700 for New Helmets
Orderville is a small community in southern Utah near Zion National
Park. Their fire department is typical of the volunteer corps that
are the first and often only line of fire protection for rural
communities. They struggle to simply keep critical turn-out gear
reasonably up-to-date and safe. In this case, Orderville FD needed
to replace 20- and 30 –year-old helmets that were no longer
serviceable. Every firefighter needs a safe
helmet and FSF was glad to help. with a grant.
Gordon Volunteer Fire Department, Gordon, Wisconsin - $3,500 for Multi-Gas Detector
Gordon is in a remote corner of Wisconsin. Without a gas detector of their own to alert firefighters to the presence of toxic gases at an emergency scene, they were forced to wait for equipment from other agencies to arrive from over 30 miles away...and even then the equipment was quite limited. With this gas detector the members of Gordon VFD can quickly assess a situation and get on with their jobs.
Elgin Fire Department, Elgin, Illinois - $900 for Hazardous Materials Application and iPad
Elgin is a fairly large city with a population of over 100,000 and a full-time force of 133 firefighters. Yet even large agencies can have a $0 budget for incredibly useful, life-saving items. Elgin, for instance, needed a Hazardous Material (HazMat) software application and the iPad to run it on. The Elgin FD responds to well over 100 HazMat-type incidents a year, and having up-to-date information on the materials they encounter and other crucial information such as aerial views of the scene is critical. This is an example of how tablet-based software applications are making a huge positive impact on the safety of the public and first responders.
Marion Community Fire Department, Marion, Michigan - $2,800 for Emergency Medical Kits
Marion Community FD is an all-volunteer agency that serves five townships in two counties. 65% of their 350 calls per year are medical calls, and agency members often respond in their personal vehicles, creating a need for many first responder medical kits. With all the financial pressure on fire departments,
plus their expanding scope of responsibility, Marion's budget did not cover these essential items.
With an FSF grant the department purchased the kits.
Nadeau Volunteer Fire Department, Carney, Michigan - $2,600 for Class A Foam
Nadeau VFD is a small agency that uses Class A foam on almost all fires, which is a sound strategy. A very large fire at a cedar fence company consumed all of their foam. No other grants would fund the purchase of this smart-to-use and critically needed item, and there was no money in the budget. With this grant from FSF, Nadeau VFD was able to buy 30 pails of much needed foam.
Waupaca Area Fire District, Waupaca, Wisconsin - $2,300 for Self-Rescue Equipment
Waupaca Fire District in Wisconsin is like so many volunteer agencies: they have 150 square miles of territory to cover and they need to protect over 15,000 people! Budgets are tight and federal grants, to the extent they are available, are eaten up replacing bare necessities. Waupaca needed proper auto extrication gloves, and some basic self-rescue equipment so that fire fighters in trouble can get themselves out of a burning building. This FSF grant bought these basics for them.
Salem Fire Department, Salem, Arkansas - $4,600 for Wildland Protective Equipment
Salem is a rural town in north-central Arkansas located near the Ozark foothills. Although the town is surrounded by wildland recreation areas, their all-volunteer fire department didn't have the proper protective gear to fight wildfires. There was no other grant money available to them, so FSF was happy to give the department a grant enabling them to purchase 10 sets of wildfire PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Palm Beach Shores Fire Department, Palm Beach
Shores, Florida - $4,995 for Personal Protective Equipment
Palm Beach Shores, Florida is on the southern end of an island on the Atlantic
shore and includes the easternmost point in the state. It is served by an almost all-volunteer fire department. Typical of so many small VFDs, the department was having trouble finding the funds to outfit their firefighters with even the most basic protective equipment: coats and pants! With this FSF grant, they were able to purchase several sets, which are compliant with safety standards. Now, more of their volunteers are safer on the job when helping their community.
Gratis Fire Department, Gratis, Ohio - $1,200 for Misting Fan and Extrication Gloves
Gratis is in a rural area of southwestern Ohio. Like many
smaller departments, it is always trying to acquire needed
equipment for their firefighters safety. A misting fan is
essential for firefighter rehabilitation - the process of
returning body temperature to a safe level after periods of
exposure to intense heat in full turn-out gear. Extrication
gloves are required for one of the most common tasks that
firefighters perform: extricating trapped passengers from
vehicles at accident scenes.
Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department, Ellendale, Delaware - $5,000 for Wildland Firefighting Hose
The town of Ellendale is right in the middle of wildland fire danger as gateway to Delaware’s beach resort area. Its volunteer fire, rescue and EMS department serves the town and surrounding 60 square miles. As is too often the case, the department lacked the funds to adequately equip its members with proper wildfire fighting equipment, and no state or federal monies were available. FSF was able to fund some of this equipment need with this grant.
Olive Volunteer Fire Department, Drumright, Oklahoma - $5,000 to Replace Vital Firefighting Supplies
The Olive Volunteer Fire Department is typical of many VFDs in the country: serving their community with shoe-string availability of equipment and supplies. After fighting the largest grass fire in their county's history (300 homes destroyed or damaged) and the destruction of one of their trucks, they found themselves in desperate need of some basic supplies in order to be capable of simply fighting fires! With our grant they were able to buy a new pump, hose, reel, nozzle and a foam system.
Etowah Fire Department, Etowah, Tennessee - $3,700 for Wildfire Equipment
When a fire department grows, there is often a lag between the needs of the growing community and the capabilities of its public safety agencies. Etowah is experiencing such a lag now, resulting in a lack of needed wildfire fighting equipment to protect the expanded grasslands and wooded areas for which the department is now responsible. With this grant, Etowah FD can purchase necessary hoses, nozzles and tools.
Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah, Virginia - $3,000 for Water Rescue Equipment
With a small fixed population and a large tourist influx, Shenandoah VFC has to pay for capabilities that exceed their funding base. They also supply water rescue services to the entire county, an area of 314 square miles traversed by the Shenandoah River! And as critical as it is, the priority of water rescue equipment often comes in below other critical equipment. Shenandoah VFC was in desperate need of basic water rescue gear, and FSF was glad we could help.
Aleknagik Fire/EMS Department, Aleknagik, Alaska - $3,500 for Underwater Rescue Equipment
In rural Alaska a Cessna and a powerboat are often the family cars. Waterways are still major transportation lanes, making them major sites for EMS and rescue operations, including during the half of the year of near total-blackness (which, of course, hinders these maneuvers). The Aleknagik Fire/EMS department needed underwater radar and GPS equipment to safely navigate at night, and to aid at rescue scenes on the major lake and waterways in their area.
Chelsea Fire and Rescue, Chelsea, Alabama - $5,000 for Airbag Lift
This rural Alabama agency responds to many accidents involving
tractors, farm equipment and industrial machinery, as well as
large truck on the local highway. These kinds of accidents
require specialized extrication equipment to save the victims and
insure the safety of rescue personnel -- equipment that is
expensive and often not practical to get government funding for.
With the equipment they bought using FSF's grant, the Chelsea
Fire and Rescue Department has already saved a man trapped under
Fire District #18, Lewis County, Washington - $3,000 for Water Rescue Vests and Helmets
Lewis County is in a rugged, remote section of Washington state, and they respond to emergencies of all sorts, including water-rescue events. With all the recreational activity in the county, as well as natural disasters, water rescues are not uncommon. The agency could not afford all the water-borne rescue equipment it needed, and turned to FSF for assistance.
Melrose Fire District, Melrose, New York - $4,500 for Water Rescue Swimmer Kits
When someone needs to be rescued from the water, it's the Fire Department that gets the call. This essential job requires specially trained service members, as well as the special equipment that this work requires. Outfitting a trained water rescue professional isn't cheap, and many agencies don't have the funds for this special gear. With our grant, Melrose was able to outfit several of its members.
Shelbyville Fire and Rescue, Shelbyville, KY -- $600 for High Voltage Detectors
Firefighters routinely run across downed electrical transmission wires, both at fires and during natural disasters. Usually there is no time to wait for the power company to show up, and often you can't see a downed wire even though the electricity is lethally dangerous. High voltage detectors are essential for even the smallest agency. With funds short, Shelbyville needed a mere $600 that it didn't have for this critical equipment, and we were glad to help.
Union Road Volunteer Fire Department, Gastonia, North Carolina - $2,700 for A
Training Fire Simulator
A huge problem for the fire service is getting enough
tactical decision-making experience for fire officers at actual fires. The
decisions that need to be made in a real fire are many, complex, and critical.
The only effective way to build such good decision-making skills is by the use
of a fire simulator. With this FSF grant, Union Road VFD can buy the computer,
projector, and software required to make a fire simulator. They will be able to
effectively train members before they have to make decisions while fighting a
real fire. The Union Road VFD has also agreed to promote the fire simulator's use
with other regional fire departments, thus leveraging our assistance.
New Lenox Fire Protection District, New Lenox, Illinois - $4,200 for
Knox Boxes allow firefighters and paramedics
access to a resident's home when someone is there but unable to
come to the door because of a medical condition. There is a
pent-up demand for these Boxes in New Lenox. By using their FSF
grant to buy 24 Knox Boxes, the New Lenox FPD can cover everyone
on the waiting list, and complete this public safety project.
Lancaster Fire Department, Lancaster, New Hampshire - $4,995 toward
Lancaster, NH is in one of the poorest regions of the state, and their old thermal imager
was unreliable. Thermal imagers are now basic, necessary equipment for departments, but the money just wasn't there.
With FSF's grant added to funds raised locally, Lancaster FD was able to to afford the imager that best met their needs.
Ridgeland Fire Department, Ridgeland, South Carolina - $4,600 for Voice Amplifiers
Ridgeland FD is a mixed full-time/volunteer agency in a high-poverty, rural county.
A risk assessment of their agency identified clear communications in a crisis as a top priority. The Scott
Voice Amplifiers that FSF helped the FD purchase allows firefighters to more clearly and surely communicate
with the incident commander while wearing breathing apparatus. This is essential in an IDLH (immediately
dangerous to life or health) environment. During a Mayday event, these amps are literally lifesavers.
Masonville Township Fire Department, Rapid River, Michigan - $2,800 for
Rapid Intervention (RIT) Pak and Bottle
When a fire fighter gets in trouble - "goes down" - and needs to be rescued, the Rapid
Intervention Team goes into action. It is their quick and professional action which saves the downed team member.
Masonville Township needed a specific air pak that was designed for these situations, and would allow the rescue
team to quickly get to the downed fire fighter while carrying special rescue equipment. With a minimal tax base,
the department was unable to afford one without this grant from FSF.
Vernon County Ambulance District (VCAD), Nevada, Missouri - $5,000 for
FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera
Vernon County is in a rural part of Missouri, and is part of a mutual support network
of agencies in that part of the state. By acquiring a FLIR camera, VCAD, the only structured search and
rescue organization in the area, will be much better able to find lost children and adults, particularly in
low light when the danger is the greatest in the dense woods. FSF was particularly attracted to the fact that
VCAD will share this camera's capabilities with several neighboring agencies, thus multiplying the
benefits of this grant.
Battle Creek Community Fire Department, Battle Creek Iowa - $1,580 for
The Battle Creek Community Fire Department of 21 volunteers serves
a small rural community in western Iowa. The Department responds to a variety of emergencies involving fires,
vehicles, ice and water rescue, and storms. Most of their calls are in the late evening and night hours
so reliable lighting is critical.
The Department’s flashlights were almost 20 years old and internal corrosion
was causing the batteries to drain
until weak or dead. Firefighters couldn’t count on having the lighting
they required for emergencies.
Now, with an FSF grant, the firefighters are safer with dependable lighting provided by new rechargeable
flashlights available in Department vehicles.
Bendersville Community Fire Company, Bendersville, Pennsylvania - $3,000 for Rescue Stretchers and Skid
The Bendersville Community Fire Department is located in south-central Pennsylvania
40 miles north of Gettysburg. Their service area includes rural mountainous terrain with limited accessibility where they routinely respond to fires and rescues without having the appropriate equipment. To increase safety and effectiveness, they set a goal of acquiring and outfitting an all-terrain firefighting/rescue vehicle. With contributions from other sources the Company acquired and set up an all-terrain vehicle with trailer. They still needed an attached skid unit to complete the project, which they acquired with an FSF grant.
Oakland/Mapleville Fire Department, Oakland, Rhode Island - $3,000 for
Carbon Monoxide and Multigas Detectors
The all-volunteer Oakland/Mapleville Fire Department, serves a community
located in a densely populated section of Rhode Island.
They couldn't afford gas detection equipment. In responding to
emergencies, they had to wait until the equipment arrived from several
miles away to find out if first responders would be exposed to toxic gases or
if there was danger of an explosion. They also needed equipment to monitor
carbon monoxide blood levels of first responders and emergency
victims in time to prevent serious injury. Now, using the FSF grant, the
FD can purchase equipment to reduce these dangers and increase
firefighter, EMS, and community safety.
Webster Fire District #7, Minden, Louisiana - $2,700 for Multigas Detectors
Webster FD7 serves a 70 square mile area in rural Louisiana, and like nearly all departments it is short on funds for
needed equipment, including most critically, equipment and instruments that directly keep firefighters safe from injury.
This FSF grant allowed the district to purchase three multigas detectors for air monitoring at emergency scenes.
Toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide, join combustible gases among the most common and insidious.
threats that firefighters face
Louisville Fire Department, Louisville, Mississippi - $3,500 for
Wildland Nozzles and Hose
Louisville is as rural community in central Mississippi with concentrated agricultural and
lumber industries. Wildland fires are not an unusual occurrence there, yet like many rural communities, funds
are in very short supply--even the basics like appropriate nozzles and hoses for fighting these fires. This FSF
grant helped Louisville FD to keep a baseline capability for aiding its citizens during these events.
Atwood Hose Fire Company, Wauregan, Connecticut - $2,800 for a Stryker Chair
The Atwood Fire Hose Company is an all-volunteer organization providing fire and
EMS support within the Village of Wauregan. The residences in the village are mainly older multi-story
homes with narrow corridors and staircases. This FSF grant enables the company to purchase a piece of
equipment that will considerably reduce injuries to personnel carrying patients in these confines.
Wheelwright, Kentucky Volunteer Fire Department - $2,200 for Rescue Tools and
The members of the Wheelwright VFD were running into entanglement hazards with all the new information
technology cables and wires run through attics and other spaces, and needed rescue tools to sever them if encountered.
Kentucky is also home to some of the worst illegal methamphetamine labs in the country, and responses to these labs represent
a very serious hazard to firefighters. The gas monitors that they were able to buy with this FSF grant will help to
keep the men and women of the Wheelwright VFD safe on these calls. In
this picture, Chief Scotty Ray is showing Firefighter Jeff Craft how to
use the new gas detection units.
Township Fire Department, Eau Claire, Wisconsin - $4,000 for
Carbon Monoxide Pulse Oximetry Meters
Township FD is an all-volunteer rural department with 112 active
members. Located about 90 miles east of the twin cities, the department
is putting a focus on firefighter rehabilitation. They needed two
CO Pulse Oximetry meters in order to keep their firefighters safe at
fire scenes. With this FSF grant, they were able to afford them.
Pine Level, Alabama Volunteer Fire Department - $3,500 for
Gas Monitors and Calibrator
Pine Level is an unincorporated community situated as a northern suburb of Montgomery,
in one of the fastest growing counties in Alabama. The growth in Pine Level is outpacing their funding,
and the FD's calls for service has doubled in the last several years.
The fire department very much needed two gas monitors and calibration equipment. With this grant from FSF, they were
able to acquire them.
Allendale, Illinois Rural Fire Protection District - $3,500 for Ruggedized Laptop
Allendale is a small town in southeast Illinois. Like any fire department, they need the ability to
computerize building information, structure fire plans, HAZMAT incident protocols, and other planning information
relevant to their jurisdiction. It is impossible for a fire department to effectively perform their central functions
without such equipment.
ARFPD was short the funds for a ruggedized laptop and
asked FSF for assistance. FSF was glad to help. Here the
ruggedized laptop is shown installed and ready for duty.
Morristown Fire Department, Arizona - $1,700 for Class A Foam
Morristown is a community of 5,000 in south central Arizona. They needed, but had trouble affording, Class A foam
in order to be prepared for the inevitable wildland fires in their area. Ironically, it is the large amounts of recent rainfall
that have made the problem more severe, since the rain has caused tremendous plant growth. Class A foam is used to enhance the
effectiveness of water in fire fighting and thus increases fire fighter safety.
Hargetts Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, North Carolina - $3,000 for
Training Laptop, Projector, and TV
Hargetts Crossroads is a small town in eastern north
Carolina. Like many small communities, they are cash-strapped and
what government grants were available for the fire department were used
on actual fire fighting equipment. Yet training for firefighters
is both a critical safety need and one that's mandated. With this
FSF grant, the Hargetts Crossroads VFD will be able to make use of
current training materials and effectively increase firefighter safety.
Roscoe-Rockland Fire District, New York - $4,950 for Interior Fire Bail-Out Systems
The Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Fire Department is a
rural district in the Catskill Mountains that responds to more than its
fair share of emergencies. As a result of comprehensive risk assessment,
the fire department identified the need for bail-out systems for
interior firefighters as a pressing need. Indeed, New York has a
requirement for fire departments to provide such equipment to
Because of the weak economy, and the pressures
on municipal budgets, the fire department was unable to afford these
critical safety items on their own. With FSF assistance, they are
now in addressing the state's requirement and their firefighters are
safer when fighting interior fires.
Downriver Volunteer Fire Department, Downriver, California - $4,800 for Turnout Gear
The Downriver Volunteer Fire Department is located in far northern California and serves four
communities along the Trinity River, with a total service area of 70 square miles. They rely almost entirely on donations
to fund their department. Their turnout gear was old and no longer met current standards, and needed to be replaced.
With FSF's help, they were able to outfit several of their firefighters.
Scotts Hill Volunteer FD, Scotts Hill, Tennessee - $4500 for Bullard Thermal Imager
The Scotts Hill, TN Volunteer Fire Department serves 3.3 square miles of rural land in the
southwestern part of the state. Many times they've had to return to a fire they thought was a completely
extinguished fire because it had rekindled. For this reason, and for the firefighter safety benefits
provided by a thermal imager, FSF was glad to provide the funds to purchase this equipment.
Greenfield Fire Department, Greenfield, Massachusetts - $5,400 for CO-Oximeter
A CO-Oximeter measures the level of carbon monoxide in a firefighter's blood. This vital piece of equipment
allows on-scene fire officers to determine if a firefighter has been exposed to dangerous amounts of this deadly gas. It is also
a critical piece of equipment when EMTs respond to a medical call where carbon monoxide exposure is a factor. The Greenfield
Fire department serves the county seat of the most rural county in the state, and is often called upon to assist at major fires
throughout the region. They needed a CO-Oximeter and FSF was happy to assist.
Fire Company No. 1, Hampton, New Jersey - $4,000 for Defibrillator Units
Defibrillator units are now commonplace equipment in rescue organizations, but they are expensive. Hampton Fire Company No. 1 hadn't been able to acquire these vital tool and couldn't afford to buy them. With this grant from FSF, they were able to add significant life-saving capability to their trucks.
Maryland Medical Emergency Services Program, Baltimore, Maryland - $5,000 for Radios and Repeaters
The Maryland Emergency Medical Services Program provides EMS support services to the entire state of Maryland.
They needed radios and repeaters for their own internal team communications, to communicate with Online Medical Control, and to communicate
with other EMS agencies. FSF was glad to help in this effort.
Barnesville Fire Department, Barnesville, Ohio - $2,000 for Presentation Equipment
In order to provide services covering 83 square miles, Barnesville FD's staff includes 40 firefighters and
EMTs including one full-time person. The department was unable to take advantage of much of the training material it receives
from the Ohio State Fire Academy - much of it critical to their staff's safety - without having the right equipment to train
a large group. Their new projector, screen, and presentation computer will also let them use FSF's training in a group format.
Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield, Pennsylvania - $4,000 For
Generator Lights And Emergency Bulbs
This small department in the county seat of Perry
County near Harrisburg has to generate its revenue from its Basic Life
Support (BLS) services billings and rely
on fundraising and grants to meet the rest of its needs. It needed a set of generators and lights for its frequent night
time rescues, basic pieces of equipment no agency should be without.
Clarysville Fire Department, Clarysville, Maryland - $5,000 Toward
ATV Rescue Vehicle
Clarysville is located in Allegheny County in
western Maryland,. The fire department needs to respond to many
emergency calls in deeply wooded, rough-terrain areas. They have frequently had to borrow
privately-owned ATVs to reach injured citizens because they did not
have a properly equipped ATV of their own. With their own ATV, the fire
department can respond more quickly, and provide enhanced
emergency care with greater safety for everyone involved.
Bulloch County Fire Department, Bullock City, Georgia - $5,000 Toward Turn-Out Gear
This 150 person, almost all-volunteer fire department
and EMS service serves a county of 68,000. The agency simply could not
afford to properly equip all of its personnel with the safest turn-out
gear, and our grant helped them
in this effort.
North Lakes Fire & Rescue, Caribou, Maine - $3,500 for Extrication Kit
This department has three substations covering three territories in northern Aroostook County, Maine.
U.S. Route 161 runs through the area and car accidents are common. The agency needed an extrication strut kit to make
auto extrication safe for their firefighters and EMTs.
Canosia Volunteer Fire Department, Duluth, Minnesota - $5,000 for
Globe Firefighting Boots
This department serves a township in northeastern
Minnesota. They needed to outfit their force with appropriate leather firefighting boots to fight wildland fires, because their
rubber structure boots don't work well in that environment. FSF was glad to help.
Douglas County Fire Department #5, Mansfield, Washington - $4,500 Toward
This all-volunteer fire department has 47 firefighters. Some members had been using out-of-date and non-compliant gear
thus risking their safety. The FSF grant of $4,500 allowed Douglas County FDP to
purchase modern turnout gear meeting NFPA requirements.
Mexia Fire Department, Mexia, Texas - $1,000 Toward Children's' Safety Material
The Mexia Fire Department needed funds to purchase fire safety presentation materials for their safety program
for the city's children. (Over 30% of Mexia's population is
under the age of 18.) For such a good cause - improving the safety of one of the groups most vulnerable to harm from fire, FSF was
only too glad to help.