Donors Help Story Fire Buy New Bunkers
Heather Watt, Andrew Zawislanski and Larry Baker; Photo: Story Volunteer Fire Dept.
Thanks to a donation from Phillips 66, the Story Volunteer Fire Department will get new fire-fighting suits.
Deputy Chief Heather Watt, on behalf of the department, received the $27,000 check from Andrew Zawislanski and Larry Baker of Phllips 66 on Wednesday, June 5.
The department will use the funds to upgrade to top-of-the-line fire fighting suits (known as bunkers or turnout gear) and helmets. The new equipment should be in use by August.
Last year, a Phillips 66 representative approached the fire department and asked for list of needs, but weren’t chosen to receive assistance.
This year, Watt decided to be proactive and approached the company to ask for help with the upgrade. National standards require gear to be replaced every ten years to keep up with changing technology, and the department hadn’t replaced theirs in seven. Watt wanted to get a jump-start on the deadline. Phillips 66 agreed to help.
Once they found out, Watt said, it was a no brainer to go ahead and order the gear for all nine members.
“We can’t thank them enough,” Watt said. “Turnout gear is very expensive. We really focus on the safety of our people. Thanks to [Phillips 66], we are able to do that. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t even express it.”