Safety equipment aids Bellefontaine Volunteer Fire Department

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times

 

The Bellefontaine Volunteer Fire Department has received free safety equipment from the Mississippi Forestry Commission as part of a National Fire Plan Program grant through the USDA Forest Service.

Bellefontaine VFD received 10 “Ready Kits” containing safety equipment such as a flame-resistant Nomex coverall suit, wildland helmet, gloves and storage bag.

The department’s members will use the protective equipment from the Forestry Commission to help fight grass and brush fires, and assist MFC on wildfires.

The equipment was distributed Monday night during a meeting and fish fry hosted by Webster County Fire Service at the Eupora Community Center. Girl Scout Troop 23054 assisted with the meal.

The MFC has also provided surplus equipment such as tanker trucks and pumps to local fire departments for a nominal cost.

Webster County Fire Coordinator Barry Rushing thanked all county volunteer firefighters and MFC staff for their dedication and service.

MFC personnel and others at Monday’s meeting include Craig Oswalt, Webster County forestry technician; Allen Gho, territory manager for Sunbelt Fire; Dennis Dauterive, fire chief of the MFC’s Fire Services Division; Sandra Snell, MFC rural fire coordinator; Keith Beatty, East Central District assistant forester; Bill Shaw, Oktibbeha County forest ranger II; David Morelan, Webster County forest ranger II; and Bill Kitchings, MFC public outreach forester.

MFC personnel and others at Monday’s meeting include Craig Oswalt, Webster County forestry technician; Allen Gho, territory manager for Sunbelt Fire; Dennis Dauterive, fire chief of the MFC’s Fire Services Division; Sandra Snell, MFC rural fire coordinator; Keith Beatty, East Central District assistant forester; Bill Shaw, Oktibbeha County forest ranger II; David Morelan, Webster County forest ranger II; and Bill Kitchings, MFC public outreach forester.