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Fall Branch VFD receives life-saving grant

Pictured, left to right: Myron Hughes – Public Information Officer, Fall Branch VFD; Jim Dawson – Chief, Fall Branch VFD; Don Keen – Kingsport Area Supervisor, Enbridge; Art Haskins – Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Enbridge. (Photo contributed)

From STAFF REPORTS

Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a $5,500 grant from Enbridge. 

Enbridge’s Safe Community Grant started in 2002 specifically for first responders providing safety along the company’s project corridor rights-of-way. The Safe Community program awards grants of up to $7,500 for safety equipment, professional training, or safety education programs to organizations invited to apply, including fire departments, emergency medical and rescue services, emergency management organizations, 911 centers, ambulance services and law enforcement organizations. 

This grant was used by Fall Branch VFD to purchase the gas monitoring equipment in the photo. This equipment will be used to help find the source of gas leaks in community homes as well as along the pipeline right-of-way as needed. 

It will also help firefighters and first responders make sure that all hazardous gases are removed from homes after structure fires.

 “This grant is part of our resolve to ensure the safety of our communities and customers, and it starts at the local level,” said Charlie Newman, senior advisor with Enbridge. “We are proud to be able to provide these kinds of grants to our partners in public safety.”

Members of the Fall Branch VFD voiced their appreciation.

 “It can be very unsettling for a homeowner to have a gas alarm go off in their home and not know the source or what is going on,” said Myron Hughes, public information officer with the Fall Branch VFD. “This equipment will help us to quickly and effectively find the source of leaks and leave them with peace of mind. 

“The value that grants from companies like Enbridge provided to volunteer fire departments is invaluable, and we are so grateful for their support so that we can continue to purchase equipment that keeps our community safe.”