Hope Volunteer Fire Department Inc., the nonprofit organization that handles fundraising for the fire department, has offered a gift of tools and equipment to be used for extrication to Rockport Fire Department, Fire Chief Clarence Keller confirmed Thursday, Sept. 4.

Keller spoke about the nearly $18,000-value donation reluctantly, saying the charitable organization prefers not to “flaunt its benevolence.” He said the tools and equipment are expected to be mounted on a truck at the West Rockport fire station — from which firefighters provide extrication for crashes along and near Route 17 in Hope — as part of the towns' mutual aid agreement. Hope Volunteer Fire Department Inc. wanted to expand Rockport's extrication capability, Keller said.

Rockport Select Board is slated to vote on whether to accept the gift at its meeting Monday, Sept. 8.