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Calvert Volunteer Fire Department purchases new gear with Texas A&M Forestry Service grant

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:43:59-04

CALVERT, TX — The Calvert Volunteer Fire Department received a grant by the Texas A&M Forestry Service for new gear and equipment.

The Fire Department says the rural organizations exists solely on the goodwill of their volunteer force and it can be difficult to replace older gear as it degrades after years of heavy use in extreme environments.

Within the grant was the ability to purchase approximately $15,000 worth of new gear that included 18 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits that are dual certified for utility and wildland firefighting, 20 structural helmets and gloves, and 3 complete sets of Globe structural firefighting PPE to replace older gear.

“Personal protective equipment (PPE) is so necessary for our firefighters and is extremely expensive,” stated Assistant Chief Keith Petit. “Calvert Volunteer Fire Department is very blessed to have such an active membership that pursued not only this grant but many others.” Petit continued to explain that over the past 12 months the department has received over $20,000 in funding through various grants which has included everything from training, gas detectors, PPE and wellness grants.”

“This grant would not have been possible without the assistance and support of our Emergency Services District,” stated Captain Eric Mears. “The ESD continues to help us purchase the best equipment and stay on top of the training we need to be prepared to respond to the needs of our community.” Captain Mears continued to explain that Renda Burmudez, the secretary and treasurer of the department, applied for the grant.

The new equipment has been delivered and is now in service.

Members of the department wish to thank the citizens of Calvert and the ESD for their continued support.