Fire equipment wears out and needs to be replaced; however, small, rural fire departments sometimes need to make their equipment last a little longer than their larger city counterparts. This year, the Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) gave the Montour Fire Department a $3,500 grant to replace several pieces of equipment.
The 14-member department, seven from Montour and seven from surrounding communities, are thankful for the grant.
"We appreciated that they (TCCF) gave us the chance to improve our equipment, especially when many cities are cutting funds," stated Loyce Staker, Montour Fire Chief.
Loyce Staker and Tim Nunnikhoven from the Montour Fire Department.
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends replacing equipment every 10 years.
This year, the department received four fire nozzles, two large and two small, to replace four that ranged anywhere from 10-15 years old. The large nozzles help fight building fires and the small nozzles help fight grass fires.
Firefighter and chief grant writer, Tim Nunnikhoven added, "There are lots of different parts and pieces that need to be maintained."
The TCCF has been created by and for the people of Tama County.
The Foundation's main goals are to support charitable projects and programs, to attract additional funds, and to assist donors in creating lasting legacies through a variety of giving options within the county.
For more information about the TCCF, contact Brian Sokol, Chair of the Tama County Community Foundation, 641-484-2980, or Mary Fasse-Shaw, TCCF's Development Associate at 641-751-5251.
Along with the replacement nozzles, the Montour Fire Department bought a gas meter, which is able to detect four different gases, and will allow the firefighters to know whether it is safe to enter a burning building.
The gasses that the meter will detect are carbon monoxide, combustible oxygen, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide. This specific piece of equipment cost $1,500 out of the $3,500 grant.
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With a firefighter's coat and bunker pants costing, between $1800-$1,900,a helmet $400, and a rebuilt air pack $1,600, the TCCF's grant for other necessary equipment made a huge difference to this small department.