After receiving a grant from the Winsted Auxiliary for Community Health, the Winchester Fire Department presented and demonstrated its new equipment to the auxiliary Monday morning.
During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the members of the auxiliary got the opportunity to see the fire department’s new fire, health, and safety equipment for the first time. In the last three years, the auxiliary has donated to a total of $10,000 to the fire department to help upgrade essential equipment and tools.
Fire Chief Peter L. Marchand, said the help the department received from the auxiliary has gone to fund the purchase of at least 10 pieces of new equipment. The department has bought two automated external defibrillators, four water rescue vests, four flammable gas meters, and a thermal imaging camera.
Each of these tools will be used in the fire and other rescue efforts. Marchand said this donation was the first time the department received such a large amount of equipment from an outside agency.
Since it only receives $25,000 in partial funding from the town of Winchester, the department holds several fundraisers throughout the year.
The Winchester Fire Department, which works separately from the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department, is under a 25-year contract with the town. In order to purchase the new equipment, the department applied for the funding from the auxiliary. Hudak said once the organization received the application voted to give the department the funding.
Hudak said the auxiliary gives out several thousands of dollars to fund health and safety efforts. The organization regularly donates to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, and to the Greenwoods Foundation to students who are entering careers in the health field.
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