WHITESBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Eight volunteer fire departments in Letcher County received five new sets of turnout gear thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.
The gear was purchased with a $61,160 grant presented by Kentucky Power. The company has pledged 100 acts of appreciation to say thanks during its 100th anniversary in 2019.
Each of the eight non-profit fire departments in the county received five new sets of gear: Colson, Cumberland, Gordon, Kingscreek, Letcher, Mayking, Neon and Sandlick.
“Our local fire departments are a vital part of our communities and often are staffed with volunteers who have full-time jobs, too,” said Kentucky Power President Brett Mattison. “They are responding to more and more dangerous situations and have limited funding to replace essential equipment. This grant expresses our gratitude for the critical job they do every day and the value they add to our communities.”