Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded 39 grants totaling $26,450 to support emergency services provided in numerous communities served by the Bank.
Several of the grants will support the purchase of new equipment. These include a new thermal imaging camera for the Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan; adult and child CPR mannequins for the Killingly-Brooklyn Ambulance Corps. staff for community training; a new automated blood pressure cuff for Brooklyn’s Mortlake Fire Company; and the Preston City Fire Department’s purchase of a first aid mannequin for use by the department and Preston EMS personnel in providing American Heart Association first aid training to residents.
The Plainfield Fire Company will use its grant to purchase materials and equipment for its training facility, while the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company will enhance its training facility with the addition of lightweight folding chairs. In Canterbury, the Volunteer Fire Company will use its Foundation grant for fittings, appliances, adaptors and Class A firefighting foam. Danielson Fire Department will equip vehicles with PC-based tablets to improve access to incident management tools, and the AA Young Hose & Ladder Company in Jewett City will purchase a Pak-Tracker Firefighter locator system with its Foundation award.
The Voluntown Volunteer Fire Company #1 will be able to replace expired breathing apparatus equipment to ensure firefighter safety, and the South Killingly Fire District will use its Foundation grant to help purchase high angle rescue gear to support rescue services at Old Furnace State Park and Ross’ Cliffs.
The Griswold Volunteer Fire Department will upgrade its dispatch/first responder radio system, while East Woodstock’s Muddy Brook Fire Department will use its grant from the Foundation to purchase residential house number markers and safety vests for residents to use while walking or bicycling.
A Foundation award to the Oneco Fire Company will allow that emergency services operation to purchase equipment and training gear. In Preston, the Foundation grant to Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department will be used to purchase equipment to outfit its new ambulance.
In addition to these special project grants, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded annual support funding totaling $15,200 to 24 emergency services providers including: A.A. Young Jr. Hose and Ladder Co. #1, American Legion Ambulance Fund, Attawaugan Fire Department, Atwood Hose Fire Company, Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance, and Central Village Fire Co. #1.
Also, Danielson Fire Department, Dayville Fire Company, East Brooklyn Fire Department, East Killingly Fire Department, Griswold Volunteer Fire Company, Killingly/Brooklyn Ambulance Corps., Lisbon Ambulance Service, Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, and Moosup Fire Department.
Also, Mortlake Fire Co. & Ambulance Service, Oneco Fire Company, Plainfield Fire Company #1, Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department, Preston City Volunteer Fire Department, South Killingly Fire Deparment, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., Voluntown Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., and Williamsville Fire Engine Company.