The Halifax Fire Department would like to graciously thank the Halifax Walmart for their generous donation of $2000.
Every year the fire department applies for local, state and federal grants and puts the money to good use in purchasing state of the art equipment, protective gear and training.
Like anything else the purchase of advanced equipment and gear weighs heavily on department budgets and we rely on the grant process to supplement our capital and operating budgets.
This money will be used in purchasing a new SCBA mask with a built-in Thermal Imager camera. The SCBA mask (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) is what we use to enter hostile and hazardous environments. The Thermal Imaging component of it further enhances our operational capability by giving us the ability to see radiant heat signatures in a smoke filled environment.
These heat signatures are used to detect other people or firefighters who may be in danger or in need of a rescue. This mask will be put to use right away on our front line piece of apparatus and will help give us another cutting edge that we need to effectively do our jobs.
Captain Jeffrey Cuozzo, Halifax Fire Department