FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Fairfield County’s fire chiefs had some company at their regular meeting last week when Sen. Creighton Coleman and Rep. MaryGail Douglas attended to present a check for $100,000 from the state to be used for fire suppression equipment.
Coleman said it had been a difficult process to appropriate the funds during debate over the budget, but a concerted effort was able to get the funds approved. Both Coleman and Douglas were adamant in their support of first responders.
“We are just so grateful for these dollars that have come our way, not only here in Fairfield County but in Chester County,” Douglas said.
The funds will be used to replace outdated equipment that first responders are required to use.
Douglas said that helping first responders, whether through funding legislation or simply offering a hand, is vital.
“Whether it’s dollars that come through or whether it’s assistance getting through to an agency for our constituency to be helped, that is what this position and this office means to me,” Douglas said.
Following the presentation, the fire chiefs discussed the need for radio batteries, turnout gear, a thermal imaging camera and other equipment.
Carolyn Robinson, chair of Fairfield County Council, also attended the meeting last Wednesday and shared more good news with the group.
Following the County Council’s executive session on Oct. 12, council passed a motion to proceed with building new fire stations in Ridgeway and Jenkinsville.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.