Stevens Point Fire Dept. Receives Grant for Safety Equipment
by Brandi Makuski City-Times Editor
Officials at the Stevens Point Fire Department accepted delivery of a $15,000 donation last week, fulfilling one item off the department’s wish list.
The funds, donated by TransCanada, will be used to purchase pneumatic trench rescue equipment, used by firefighters to prevent trench collapse during rescue operations.
“We already have a lot of technical rescue equipment, but this fills a need and helps us stay current,” said SPFD Chief Tracey Kujawa.
TransCanada has been partnering with SPFD to ensure safety along some of it its 42,000+ miles of gas pipelines.
“We were given an allotment for our community investment program,” said Matt Stubbs, area manager for TransCanada.
“We actually had give some funds to parks and some walking paths, but this year we had some services provided by (SPFD),” Stubbs said, noting the rescue plan the fire department helped create for his crew.
He added once Kujawa put in a formal request, the funding was approved.
“This is a huge deal for us, these pneumatic devices will provide us the ability to get into a trench rescue much, much quicker,” said Kujawa.
Kujawa also said once the equipment is delivered to the department, Stevens Point will be the only fire department in the area with such equipment- but the advantage will be shared by all local departments, both inside and outside of Portage County.
“We have mutual agreements with several other departments, because these technical rescue teams are so few and far between.”