Elba Fire Department purchases new rescue equipment

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — In November of 2020, the Elba Fire Department received a $52,000 FEMA grant.

Now, that money has officially been spent.

“We were able to acquire new equipment that’s able to handle the newer materials that vehicles are made out of,” Chief Drew Parker said. “They actually replaced a 15-year-old set that we had currently had in service that was pretty much at the end of its life.”

The volunteer fire department purchased battery-powered rescue tools as well as stabilizing and lifting struts which are used to lift overturned vehicles. All of which is meant to ensure top-notch safety for Elba residents.

“We certainly welcome these tools they are a very very important asset to our department as many know we have several highly traveled avenues that come through here a lot of beach traffic, and a lot of people passing through,” Parker said. “We have a lot of manufacturing semi-tractor trailers coming through here going to the different manufacturing areas.”

Parker said he’s glad to have these tools on deck, and they have already started putting them to use.

“Yeah, the tools have already actually been put to use we have had a few accidents since we received them so we had to use those tools and they have proved to work flawlessly each time,” he said.

Parker said the department didn’t have come up with a lot of funds for this grant, but he appreciates the help from the city.

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