Greenawalds Fire Company has been awarded a "Bucket Brigade" grant that will allow the department to replace old fire hose nozzles and to more efficiently fight blazes in South Whitehall Township.
According to a release, the grant was funded in part by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
In a brief ceremony earlier this week at the Greenawalds Fire Company, firefighters were presented with an oversized $3,000 check by insurance company representative Tammy Mast.The volunteers originally requested $6,700 to replace the 25-year-old fire hose nozzles that no longer were meeting National Fire Protection Standards, but with a smaller funding pool, the fire company only received a portion of the needed amount, the release said.
The new nozzles will help firefighters deliver more water in a shorter amount of time, and thus suppress fires more quickly, the release said.
Greenawalds Fire Company, at 2500 Focht Ave., South Whitehall, is one of three volunteer fire companies in the township. The other two are Cetronia Fire Department and Woodlawn Fire Company.
Tri-Clover fire department in North Whitehall also serves a portion of the township.