JFD Gets FEMA Grant
For the first time ever, the Jackson Fire Department has received a federal grant to assist them in serving the community better. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA awarded the Jackson Fire Department a grant of $450,000. The funding will purchase eight additional thermal imaging cameras, exhaust venting systems for each station and a headset communication device for each firefighter. Fire officials said the additional thermal cameras will help shine a light on faster and more efficient firefighting and rescue efforts. “We can instantly see furniture, we can instantly see a person.. a victim that’s laying there we can instantly see the fire where we couldn’t see it before because the smoke obscured our vision,” said David Dillingham, Deputy Chief with the Jackson Fire Department. The equipment will be ordered and installed at all stations soon.