A special response vehicle for fires and other emergencies will get a big financial boost from Wal-Mart to Danville Fire Department.
The store recently awarded the department a $2,500 grant from their Safe Neighborhood Heroes program. The money will be used for equipment and preparation work on a 10-bay truck, according to Fire Chief Mike Thomas.
"This was a timely gift on behalf of our friends and neighbors at Wal-Mart," said Thomas, adding "this puts another of our long-term goals that much closer to reality." The new unit, purchased under a separate local emergency management grant, will be used for specialized responses and equipment storage, he said. "The first grant purchased the truck," said Thomas, "and the Wal-Mart funds will help make it functional for emergencies."
The fire department proposes to use the funds to purchase a refurbished soft drink truck which will be used to store and transport decontamination equipment, confined spaces rescue gear, and other bulk items for special operations and rescues.