The Harris-Elmore Fire Department is a volunteer organization that requires a commitment of time, dedication and responsibility. The firefighters often risk their lives for those in need.
Having the right equipment for the job is critical for the safety of rescue personnel. The Harris-Elmore Fire Department and EMS recently acquired water rescue equipment thanks to a grant they received from the Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF).
The department purchased personal flotation devices, water rescue helmets, and rescue suits for use by the firefighters during water rescue emergencies in conjunction with their rescue boat. This special equipment is particularly important during cold weather rescues. It will help ensure the safety of the rescuers with consideration to the many different elements that they may encounter.
Capt. Amanda McGinnis of the Harris-Elmore Fire Department, expressed sincere thanks to the Ottawa County Community Foundation for their generous support of this important initiative. Because of this specialized gear, fire fighters will be equipped to handle dangerous water rescues while keeping rescue personnel safe.
The OCCF annually provides community grants thanks to distributions from OCCF unrestricted funds. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and community groups for projects to meet local needs. Applications must be postmarked by March 15. Grant guidelines may be found at www.ottawaccf.org.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999 by the citizens of the community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in Ottawa County.
Joshua Parlette, Sr., a firefighter and EMT with the Harris-Elmore Fire Department, shows off the new water rescue gear provided the department by a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.