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Grant helps LF-R get valuable equipment

Posted: January 17, 2015 11:46 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Courtesy of the LF-R/

An example of the high-flow manifold the LF-R is purchasing with grant funds.

 

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) is purchasing several new pieces of firefighting gear after recently receiving a nearly $5,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation in Eastover. LF-R will obtain large-diameter water manifolds to be placed on all of its fire pumpers. The LF-R applied for the grant in June 2014, according to a press release from Chief Dennis Ray.

International Paper Company conducts most of its U.S. philanthropic activities through the International Paper Foundation (IPF). From its inception in 1952 and continuing today, the foundation supports hundreds of non-profit community-based programs which uphold their promise to “do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons,” according to the IP Giving website.

Although the LF-R applied for the grant seven months ago, the need for the high-flow manifolds became clear recently when a home burned on Lander Lane in Lugoff and efforts to fight the fire were hampered by a lack of hydrants along the street. Ray said at the time the subdivision was built at a time when standards for hydrant placement were not as strict today.

‘This manifold, if we would have it that day, we would have had four more sources of water supply,” Ray said Friday. “That’s the biggest key in these manifolds. We already knew the need was there and we’re getting four of them, one for each of our truck and we’ll have them from now on.”

Ray said having up to five hoses hooked to a single truck will let firefighters attack a blaze from all angles.

“These funds come at an ideal time for our department as we continue to seek equipment to aid us in delivering fire suppression and rescue services to the Lugoff community and other areas of Kershaw County. We cannot perform large firefighting operations without a continuous water supply,” Ray said. “These large-diameter manifolds will help us sustain water supply operations during our calls inside and outside our district. This equipment will be especially helpful in areas where fire hydrants are spaced farther than 1,000 feet.”

The equipment will be ordered soon to be placed in service on all fire pumpers in the department, Ray said. The manifolds allow up to five water supply lines to be connected at one time from one large diameter supply line carried on all the pumpers in the Lugoff fleet. All Lugoff pumpers, and the aerial ladder truck, carry 1,000 feet of 5-inch large-diameter supply line. In the event a fire hydrant, or static water source, is beyond 1,000 feet, two pumpers are required to provide the supply line needed for firefighting operations.

Ray said the grant-funded equipment maximizes the water supply available from one single large-diameter supply line and will also benefit all other fire stations working with LF-R crews.

“We are incredibly thankful to IPF for these grant funds and the equipment it will afford us that normally would be too expensive to purchase in a single budget year due to all of our other budgetary obligations,” Ray said. “We continue to seek outside funding, especially in the form of grants, to help us with equipment needs such as this.”

 

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