• Sat. May 21st, 2022

Eastern Kentucky Fire Department Receives $10,000 Fire Commission Grant

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) – The Hindman Volunteer Fire Department has received a $10,000 grant.

The grant was awarded to the Department of Fire Commission.

Fire Chief Preston Hays said he will go for new personal protective equipment.

“It costs a lot of money to manage firefighters and PPE is one of the things we have to worry about,” he said. “We have to keep our people dressed. We must ensure their safety with the latest and most up-to-date equipment available.

The station will be able to purchase new boots, participation pants, coats, Nomex balaclavas, helmets and gloves.

“All this equipment has to be made within ten years, it has to be up to date,” Hays said. “If the date of manufacture is more than ten years old, it is not recommended to use it.”

Department members said they were excited when they heard the news.

One being the department’s chaplain, Stone Faughn, who said the funds would help immensely.

“A set of gear costs around $1,600 to $2,000, depending on which brand you choose,” he said. “Take that and multiply that by 20, and you have to keep everything up to date.”

Faughn said the new equipment will help boost the morale of department firefighters.

He said it also makes them look better on the pitch.

“Everybody likes having new, up-to-date gear,” Faughn said. “So just for morale reasons, everyone in the department is super excited about everything that’s going on. We can’t wait to get the new gear into our hands.

Hays said they are waiting for the funds.

He said they were preparing quotes while waiting.

“Anyway, the average looks like we’re going to have four firefighters here in our department,” Hays said. “It’s going to have brand new up-to-date personal protective equipment.”

Hays said every state department is eligible to apply.

More than 230 fire departments also received the $10,000 grant.

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