Ripley City Council voted unanimously to fund up to $30,000 for new firefighting and rescue equipment for the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Chief Rick Gobble was again present to address Council and answer questions about the list of equipment on the RpVFD’s wish list.
Gobble had first addressed Council at its October 15 meeting with a request for some $42,000 for specific equipment and another $18,000 for a total of $60,000.
Gobble presented a revised list and estimate after consulting with fellow Ripley firefighters and companies which handle the equipment including Jaws of Life, a thermal camera, a saw and hand tools.
In discussion, Council members stated the money was well-spent and voiced their favor for the department, its volunteers and upgrading equipment.
Gobble noted that his department’s membership is down to about 16 active firefighters due to increased training requirements, a trend toward lessened volunteerism and other pursuits.
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