7/10/2014 5:44 PM
by Stuart Hammer
OAK HILL – A fire station in Fayette County one of nearly 20 departments in the state to get a piece of $10,000.
The Oak Hill Fire Department is a recipient of $1,000 to purchase new safety gear. The money comes as part of the Firefighting Support Grant Program from West Virginia American Water.
Officials say it's an annual gift to the men and women who serve in local fire stations. In our area, several Mercer County stations also received money including the Princeton and Oakvale departments.
The Oak Hill chief says every little bit of money goes a long way.
“It's expensive to run a fire department,” says Chief Tim Richardson, “You know fuel costs this day, the cost of equipment, and every piece of gear that we have, the hand tools, the rescue tools, it all adds up.”
West Virginia American Water chose grant 17 recipients from 26 applications.