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Donation helps Blacksville VFD buy heavy lifting gear

Firefighters with the Blacksville Volunteer Hearth Division are actually capable of deal with the heavy lifting at accident scenes, due to a donation from Northeast Pure Power.

Blacksville VFD Chief Kevin Wilson mentioned due to the donation, his division was capable of buy gear that may enable them to rapidly and simply elevate issues weighing as much as 94 tons utilizing solely the air of their air tanks.

In response to Wilson, the gear will likely be helpful for automobile accidents, farm accidents involving heavy gear, and at space oil and gasoline nicely pads.

“Principally, this may assist us be capable of elevate stuff if somebody was trapped beneath one thing,” Wilson mentioned.

Andy Travis, environmental well being and security supervisor with Northeast Pure Power, mentioned the oil and gasoline firm has most of its wells within the Blacksville neighborhood and will an accident happen, a variety of departments would possible reply — however Blacksville VFD is likely one of the closest to its operations.

“We simply felt prefer it was necessary to help them on this approach and we’re glad we may do it,” Travis mentioned. “We’ve at all times tried to help the primary responders.”

Wilson mentioned this isn’t the primary time the division has been capable of receive gear utilizing Northeast Pure Power donations and the VFD’s members are extraordinarily grateful.

“A pair years in the past they donated some cash to assist us get new gear, so they’re form of maintaining us up with what we have to have,” he mentioned.

In response to Wilson, the brand new lifting gear would have set the division again round $10,000. When it arrived, the firefighters obtained coaching on how and the place to set it up and use it.

Whereas it isn’t one thing they’ll possible have to make use of every single day, and even each month, Wilson mentioned he has seen conditions up to now the place it will have been helpful.

“I’ve recognized three or 4 [accidents] up to now 5 years that we may have in all probability used [the equipment] on, however we by no means had [it]. Now we do,” he mentioned. “It’s simply extra security for the group and the folks out right here.”