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BMPFD gets V-SAFE grant

Posted: April 12, 2018 4:45 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department (BMPFD) recently received a $22,440 grant from the state of South Carolina through the Volunteer Strategic Assistance Fire Equipment (V-SAFE) Program.

According to a BMPFD press release, V-SAFE is authorized by South Carolina Legislature and administered by S.C. State Fire in partnership with the S.C. State Firefighter’s Association. For this funding year, the program received 210 applications requesting nearly $5.3 million dollars total. V-SAFE chose the BMPFD along with 32 other South Carolina departments after scoring by a legislature-appointed peer-review panel. BMPFD is the only Kershaw County fire department receiving V-SAFE funding this year.

BMPFD will use the V-SAFE funding to purchase replacement 1.75-inch attack hose with nozzles and 2.5-inch attack hose with nozzles. The grant will allow the department to replace fire hoses on both its fire engines at the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Main Station and the Gates Ford Sub-Station. Replacing these fire hoses will enhance water flow on scene and simplify operation of the engines by standardization of the equipment. Additional fire hoses will be purchased for use as spares. The spare hose will allow volunteers to clean and dry a used hose while loading replacement hose onto the engines to be ready for the next call.

BMPFD Chief Chris Jones said modern fires are burning hotter and faster than ever due to synthetic materials used in furniture, carpet, and more. These fires require more water and must be extinguished quickly before causing more damage, he said.

“Thank you to the South Carolina Legislature, State Fire, Firefighters Association and the V-SAFE panel who chose our department for this funding,” Jones said.


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