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Sistersville FD Receives Grant

By Staff | Jan 6, 2016

Sistersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded a grant through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley/StatOil grant program. This $4,800 grant will allow the department to purchase two sets of Personal Protective Equipment to help replace the worn out equipment.

“Yes, they will be safer,” said Jason Wayne, SVFRD Chief. “The newer gear will protect the firefighters more compared to the older gear we are replacing. The new gear will be very helpful.”

Wayne said SVFRD started replacing its Personal Protective Equipment last year. Due to the cost of the equipment, the department was only able to replace 10 sets total which left 10 sets to replace, so Wayne started looking for other ways to replace the equipment. He said to replace the 10 sets would cost about $17,000. The new gear the fire department purchased has a drag rescue device installed in the jacket unlike the previous gear. The older gear was torn, ripped and the stitching was coming apart which didn’t offer 100 percent protection. A lot of the PPE made today has some type of harness or rescue device, he said.

Lisa Moore, director of development for the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, added, “We are honored to be a part of supplying the fire department a grant for this equipment. This will make the firefighters and the citizens safer. A huge thanks to StatOil for all they do for our community.”

In other news, the SVFD assisted after a train was temporarily disabled mid afternoon Dec. 29 along the tracks by Route 2 in Sistersville. Wayne said the train had a busted air line which brought it to an abrupt stop. CSX officials had a mechanic on the way within a few minutes of the conductor making the call into their dispatch. CSX officials were able to move the train further down the track to make repairs and open Route 2, which was blocked for a little while. There were no injuries, Wayne said.