Mason FD receives equipment grant


Mason Volunteer Fire Chief Howard Wood, left, and President Joe Day are shown with equipment purchased with a $ 18,000 grant to assist firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security. The department bought two thermal cameras and a set of rescue jacks.

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MASON – Members of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department will now work with new updated equipment, thanks to a firefighter assistance grant through the Department of Homeland Security.

The department received nearly $ 18,000 and used the funds to purchase two Flir K-series thermal cameras, as well as rescue jacks, according to Fire Chief Howard Wood.

Fire Department President Joe Day said thermal imaging cameras can be used in a variety of ways. They show heat, so “hot spots” can be located inside the walls where firefighters previously had to open the walls. Day said the cameras would help reduce damage on some calls.

Since they can also detect body heat, Wood said they would be beneficial for search and rescue. Cameras can be used to locate people overwhelmed by smoke inhalation during a fire, or to locate children lost in wooded areas. The cameras will be kept in the chargers that accompany them in Mason’s 51 and 53 engines.

Large rescue jacks will be used in motor vehicle accidents. If a car or truck ends up on its side or on top, Day said jacks will secure it so it won’t move while firefighters work on extrication or clearing the scene.

Day and Wood said the department is currently accepting new members. Firefighters meet on Monday at 6.30 p.m.

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Mason Volunteer Fire Chief Howard Wood, left, and President Joe Day are shown with equipment purchased with a $ 18,000 grant to assist firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security. The department bought two thermal cameras and a set of rescue jacks.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]




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