Morgan County Fire and Rescue will soon be better equipped to respond to emergency situations, provide quick lifesaving care, and keep first-responder agents safer in the process.

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two equipment purchases totaling nearly $100,000 for the Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) department on Tuesday.

According to MCFR Chief Jeff Stone, the new equipment will enhance the safety of firefighters and help the department bolster existing equipment.

The County approved a $65,649 purchase for eight Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs), spare bottles and face masks. SBCAs are air tanks that are necessary for firefighters to enter a burning building or combat a vehicle fire.

“This is something we need to have,” said Stone to county commissioners before the vote to approve the purchase.

“The purchase will aid in providing the department with updated, and more importantly, serviceable equipment,” explained Stone, who noted some of MCFR’s aging equipment is past the point of being repairable.

Stone asked the county commissioners to approve another purchase of extrication tools in the amount of $29,153. The extrication tool is a new battery-operated tool from Hurst Tools.

“These will help in the unfortunate but frequent events of vehicle accidents when occupants are trapped in the vehicle,” said Stone. “Newer cars are made of stronger and more technologically advanced materials that the older extrication tools will cut but struggle to do so. With trying to extricate a person...time is always of the essence.”

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