ff fund 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/1/13) – Last Wednesday afternoon Congressman Ed Whitfield presented a check of $205,569 to the Madisonville Fire Department for new oxygen equipment.
 
Mayor David Jackson expressed, “Congressman Whitfield continues to be a strong advocate of our protective services personnel. In his lending support to our grant application, which played an important role in the city of Madisonville being selected for this award.” This particular grant program is highly competitive. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) receives 25,000 applicants each year.
 
A demonstration of both the new and old equipment was given to show the differences and improvements of the equipment. Major Ray Wyatt expressed, “We are so grateful for the grant the government has allotted us. We firefighters rely on air packs, it is our life line.” Other than the visible differences in the packs, even though the new packs are smaller, they still hold the same pressure as the old ones, which is very important. “The air packs have an alarm that signals when there is a low pressure, which allows them to know when they have gotten to point where they need to turn around and back out. The new packs, when the air supply is at 25% it alarms. There is a new standard at 33% and our old packs are out of date,” stated Wyatt. Another new feature that the air packs have to allow for more efficient rescue is the capability to go in with another air supply and hook right up to the other air pack and equalize the air pressure in the tank. The old ones do not have this feature. The speaking apparatus and the pack belts have also been improved, which is a huge advancement and ensures more safety.
 
“Since this fire grant program began, I believe that Madisonville has received over a million dollars in grants and that speaks well not only for the grant writers but the team that is in line of protection for citizens. And I want to thank them, for their contribution they make. It’s not an easy job, a lot of danger involved, and we can’t thank you enough and appreciate for all that you do,” stated Congressman Whitfield.
 
Currently they are training with the new equipment. However, they are still using old air packs in their daily routines. “We want to thank Congressman Whitfield for his support and making it possible for the city of Madisonville to receive this grant,” stated Mayor Jackson.

 

Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Mena

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10829

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 6044

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4980

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4491

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4065

MPD Coducting Sobriety Checkpoints

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 15568

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10829

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 28, 2015 1322

Two Webster County Residents Injured in Hopkins…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1180

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 959

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 859

All Occasions Formals to Host Celebration to…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 28, 2015 734

Rep. Montell Proposes Bill to Stop Sweeping of…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 587

Two-Vehicle Accident Results in Possible Injuries

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 586

Rep. Gooch, Others Argue against Burden Caused by…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 571

TVA Seeks Input on Study for Closing Coal Ash…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 567

Kentucky High School Football Schedule

by Steve LeMaster
August 28, 2015 519

Alleged Passed out Parents Face Charges of…

by SurfKY News