Ashcroft Fire Chief Brian Henderson receives a cheque for $2,500 from Dean Feucht, Plant Manager of IG Machine & Fibers Ashcroft Granule Plant. The money will go to the purchase and installation of two washing units that the department needs to clean its turn out gear and coveralls after a major incident.
Smoke from fires carry many gases and toxins that get into the gear and has been determined as a major cause of many of the cancers that have been linked to firefighters. The plant and fire department have been working together since it opened, offering the fire hall to the mine for training courses and the department has been filling air bottles for the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus used by the Mine Rescue teams at the mine site.
The plant, although outside the Village limits, is still within the Fire Department’s response area because of an agreement with the Village of Ashcroft and the TNRD. The Chief wishes to thank IG Machine & Fibers for their continued support of the Volunteers that make up the department.