Rockport fire receives $15,000 donation, replaces hoses
Rockport — A donor who wishes to remain anonymous provided complete funding to replace Rockport Fire Department's aging hoses.
Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley said the $15,000 donation has allowed the department to update a majority of fire hoses carried on the trucks.
“I completed my pre-inspection of the station and all the equipment; I noticed all of the two-and-a-half inch and one-and-three-quarter inch hoses were dated prior to August 1986, which basically means it shouldn't be in service,” Peasley said. “Word of mouth went around town, and one day I was sitting in the office and nice gentleman walked in and said he heard we needed new hose. I said yes and he asked how much it was going to cost. I told him it would cost $14,890 and he handed me a check for $15,000 and before I could even open it and look, he was out the door and gone.”
Peasley said the new hose is less likely to malfunction and is much easier to maneuver at fire scenes.
“This was huge for the town and the firefighters,” Peasley said. “The new hose is half the weight of the current hose, more flexible, and much more durable, which will be a great advantage when it's needed.”
He added, “The Town of Rockport is a very lucky town because there are citizens who are able and willing to help improve their local volunteer fire department with donations.”
In his first few months on the job, Peasley said he has applied for five separate grants and received $40,000 to help bring the department up to Bureau of Labor standards.
Recently the department also purchased extrication equipment that is used to remove victims of serious automobile crashes. The money for that equipment came from a surplus in the budget for emergency medical services.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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