The Paducah Fire Department has new equipment aimed at better protecting firefighters and the workers they rescue underground or in small spaces. The equipment came from a grant program through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
With all the road work you see around town, Paducah firefighters never know what type of calls they'll get sent to.
"Thank fully we have lots of construction around town all the time, but it provides those hazards that exist that may call for us to respond," said Paducah Fire Chief Steve Kyle.
Kyle says there's always a possibility a worker could get trapped in a manhole or deep trench.
"Budgets are tight and it's always a struggle to find all the equipment you need," Kyle said.
Captain Jody Burton would be one of the firefighters to perform this type of rescue. Without the proper equipment that could be a challenge.
Firefighters tested new equipment at an award presentation on Sunday. A 300 foot rope connected to a cart with replaceable air tanks gives firefighters an endless air supply compared to the bulkier tanks that held all of the air supply on their backs.
"There's not as much of a concern of a rescuer not able to get out of a space before his air is exhausted," Burton said.
The fire department received the equipment after applying for a $15,125 grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The foundation's national board decided the need was there.
"If they have this bulky equipment that can't supply them with enough air and they're in a fire, they can't breathe," said Firehouse Subs Area Representative Michael Domico.
The donation makes firefighters, like Burton feel safer and more confident so they can better protect you.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $225,000 in donations to first responders in Kentucky. The money comes from donations through fundraising and its restaurants.
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