• Bill Raines

Six Lawrence County Fire Departments Receive SAFER Grant

Lawrence County Zephyr

By:Bill Raines

LAWRENCE COUNTY - (December 3, 2021) - Five Lawrence County Fire Departments received an early Christmas present when they received a $394,768.18 grant.

The Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department hosted a Regional FEMA SAFER grant in August 2021 that was selected for award.

The six departments submitted a request for 58 new self-contained breathing apparatus, 58 new air-masks, 116 new air bottles, 15 new Automated External Defibrillators, and 15 personalized thermal imaging cameras.

The equipment was divided among the six departments which include Marshall, Indian Creek, Marion, Oolitic, Perry and Shawswick Volunteer Fire Departments.

The departments collectively had to provide a match of $39,476,82 to receive the grant funds. The Lawrence County Community Foundation assisted the departments by helping raise a portion of the local match.

Pictured below include from left to right: Assistant Fire Chief Dane Fountain and son Clint, Marion Township VFD, Assistant Chief Isaac Fender and Fire Chief Ted Maze, Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief Bob Brown, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Hope Flores, Lawrence County Community Foundation, Fire Chief Jessica Voorhies, Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, Assistant Fire Chief Micah Keith, Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Jason Lewis, Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department.

" We would like to thank Jason Lewis Fire Chief Marshall Township for working on the grant, and Hope Flores of Lawrence County Community Foundation for their support of the local volunteer fire service throughout Lawrence County,"

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