Local Volunteer Fire Department Receives Much Needed Grant
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A local fire department will be making a necessary update to their firefighters' apparel courtesy of a national grant. The Land Ends Fire Protection District near Whitewater was one of six recipients in Colorado of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant. A total of $1.2 million was split amongst the six departments, $40,375 of which went to the Lands End department. The Department of Homeland Security chose several these locations in preparation for potential wildfires throughout the state. While some of the funds will be used for fighting wildfires, most will be put towards a significant upgrade in firefighting equipment. Fire Chief George Kornfeld says the department was due for an update in personal protective gear, equipment used specifically for fighting structural fires. The department is required to upgrade the gear every ten years, which is difficult for small town departments like theirs that receive very little funding. "Unless you have a big tax base, you're not going to get that kind of gear," said Kornfeld. "That's a lot of money to put out and we're very selective on what we use our money for." The Lands End department is made up of 21 volunteers, most of which work the night shift. Chief Kornfeld continues to search for volunteers, and those interested can reach the department at 242-2975.