While fighting a fire, we wear air cylinders on our back to provide us with clean air. They are called Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses, or SCBAs for short. They are like SCUBA tanks, but for firefighting. Anyway, when the fire is out and we head to the station, we need to refill those cylinders. We have two options available, a large air compressor or something called a cascade system. Air compressors are very expensive ($30,000+ for base units) and not really feasible for small fire departments. With the cascade system, we use a series of large cylinders with high pressure air to refill the SCBAs. We pay NAFECO to use their compressor to fill those large cylinders when they get low (costs much, much less). This is the service that Nucor offered to cover for us. A special thanks to Maryemily Slate, their Cold Mill Plant Manager, and Chad Potter, their Controller, for making this donation possible.
The second donation is in the form of training equipment. Fire extinguishers are usually the first line of defense in any fire. A poorly used fire extinguisher is as bad as not using one at all. Nucor teaches its employees how to use fire extinguishers with the BullEx Live Fire Training System. Nucor has offered this training system to us to make us more proficient with fire extinguishers. Special thanks go to Nucor's Safety Coordinator, George Stephenson, for his wonderful donation.
Priceville Fire Department cannot give enough thanks to Maryemily, Chad, George, and the entire Nucor team for your gracious donations. This makes it possible for us to continue protecting our community.