A local business donated nearly $13,000 worth of equipment to the Maury County Fire Department.
Columbia Fire Equipment gave the department boots, helmets and other supplies, including a skid unit, a self-containing firefighting apparatus that can be loaded onto the back of a truck or trailer.
“We’re really about supporting our community,” said Robin Jones, vice president of Columbia Fire Equipment. “We do a lot of smaller donations throughout the year, but once a year we try to give a big donation to an organization. If you have a good year, you try to give back.”
Jones presented the equipment to the department in lieu of Columbia Fire Equipment owner William Smith.
Maury County Fire Chief Eric Hileman said the donation of the skid unit will allow the department to add another brush truck to its fleet.
“We’ve been asking for a new brush truck for a few years,” Hileman said. Adding the skid unit to the back of a four-wheel-drive truck will allow firefighters to go off-road to fight fires, or drive the truck over narrow bridges that large engines cannot access, he said.
The county fire department services areas that are outside the Columbia city limits, with 10 stations spread throughout Maury County.
“It’s a big county, with over 600 square miles,” Hileman said. “We responded to over 1,500 calls in 2014.”
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