Fire department awarded $33K for equipment
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 14, 2013 | 2000 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison directs firefighters going out on Cain Creek Friday evening to check on a fuel spill that occurred in Jasper. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
Cordova Fire Chief Dean Harbison directs firefighters going out on Cain Creek Friday evening to check on a fuel spill that occurred in Jasper. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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CORDOVA — Cordova Fire and Rescue is set to receive $33,000 in federal funds to purchase rescue equipment.

The volunteer fire department was recently approved for a $35,059 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which includes a local match of $1,752.

Members of the fire department raised more than $1,000 of the city’s contribution themselves at a recent road block.

Fire chief Dean Harbison said the funding will be used to acquire hydraulic extraction tools and heavy lift bags capable of hoisting train cars or 18-wheelers.

“We’re having so much traffic with the interstate and so many accidents that we hated not to have the ability to take care of those,” Harbison said.

Safety struts will also be included in the equipment to shore up items that are lifted.

Harbison said the department had a similar system on a smaller scale that was used extensively after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

“We lost a lot of that during the storm because it was damaged in the process of use. We haven’t been able to replace it. So this grant pays to replace the strut system as well as enough cribbing to stock two vehicles,” Harbison said.

The department will also be purchasing headsets to protect the hearing of firefighters while allowing them to continue communicating on their radios both inside and outside the fire truck.

The fire department is still in a temporary facility more than two years after the tornadoes.

However, its fleet of vehicles has been replaced through a combination of donations and insurance proceeds.

A ladder truck purchased at a discount from the Rosenbauer company following the storms has proven invaluable in battling three blazes that have occurred in the devastated downtown since April 27.

Cordova Fire and Rescue consistently ranks third in the county in terms of calls.

The department responded to a total of 621 calls last year. The majority, 420, were medical calls.