An area volunteer fire department got a new piece of equipment thanks to a grant from Ameren Illinois.
The Williamsfield Fire Protection District received a $5,000 grant from the energy provider to purchase a fire-medical skid unit to help out when responding to an emergency call where the terrain could be difficult to maneuver.
The unit, placed in the back of the recently donated Utility Terrain Vehicle, consists of a water tank, motor, and pump for water discharge, as well as a platform to attach a basket stretcher. This could assist firefighters in performing lifesaving missions with greater ease.
“In the past, volunteer firefighters would walk carrying hand-tools to fight fires in remote areas since no water was available,” said Bruce Bush, Assistant Fire Chief, Williamsfield Fire Protection District. “Thanks to Ameren Illinois, the new skid unit will allow firefighters to maneuver around difficult terrains and improve fire containment.”
The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering.
“Safety should always a top priority and we want to do what we can to ensure our first responders, like the volunteer firefighters at the Williamsfield Fire Protection District have the equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” said Andrea Parker, Regional Director of Gas Operations for Ameren. “At Ameren Illinois, we are committed to empowering the communities we share by giving back to the places we call home.”
The key focus of the program is to partner with a nonprofit organization, such as a fire protection district, to help empower communities to improve the quality of life in areas serviced by the utility.