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.