JCFD recieves grant to help purchase safety equipment

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Junction City Fire Dept. got a gift Wednesday that will keep their firefighters safer.

The non-profit Hero Fund USA presented them with a $2,200 grant to purchase safety helmets, gloves, and knee pads. The city will match the money, ensuring all firefighters have the tools they need on the job.

The Hero Fund helps First Responders in financial need with equipment and aide in crisis situations. Hero Fund USA CEO Darrell Smith said they like to meet the needs of those who sacrifice their lives for the community’s safety.

“This equipment here today, it’s all done through volunteer labor through fundraising events, bowl-a-thons, golf tournaments,” said Smith.

JCFD firefighter Jason Lankas said the equipment will help them train for any situation.

“These helmets combined with the flashlights the gloves and the knee pads are going to help our training tremendously," Lankas said.

Hero Fund USA provides support to first responders and their families in Kansas and Missouri.