MASON — In addition to their trucks and protective gear, volunteer fire fighters rely on various other pieces of equipment to provide their lifesaving services, such as Mason Fire Department’s new K-12 Rescue Saw.
According to Mason Fire Chief Paul Johnson, the Mason Fire Department recently received a grant from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation for $1,699 to purchase this saw, as well as an extra blade.
Johnson explained some of the uses of this new saw, saying it could be used to cut a door down or to cut a hole in a roof during a fire, not only allowing potential victims to escape fires but other fire fighters as well. Johnson, along with Fire Fighter George VanMatre and Safety Officer Stewart Zerkle, said the new saw has not been used yet and while they hope they never have to, it will soon be placed on the truck to be available if needed.
Johnson said the Claflin Foundation has contributed $6,400 to the fire department over the last several years, allowing the fire fighters to purchase other equipment including radios and pagers, as well as an electric exhaust fan.
“We have the equipment we need and it’s put to good use,” Johnson said on the Claflin Foundation’s donations over the years.
While the department may have all the necessary equipment to provide rescue services, fire fighters are essential to operate such equipment. Johnson mentioned the Mason Fire Department’s membership is low and more volunteers are needed. For those interested in joining the fire department, call 304-773-5832 for more information.