The Turlock Rural Fire Department was given a $10,000 grant from security company ADT on Wednesday.
“Each year, ADT recognizes five volunteer fire departments with contributions of $10,000 each to show appreciation for the life-saving work these firefighters provide to their community," said ADT Director of Corporate Affairs Bob Tucker. “What’s most amazing is that these brave men and women are not being paid for their heroism and run into burning buildings and fight wildfires while others flee. We chose Turlock Rural FD, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council which represents 70% of all firefighters, because of their support in helping other California communities battle wildfires while also protecting Turlock residents.”
Tucker came to Turlock on Wednesday to present the funds to the TRFD, which were accepted by TRFD Battalion Chief Ken Howenstine.
“This grant will be used to purchase replacement hydraulic tools for vehicle rescues,” said Howenstine. “With a single tool costing approximately $12,000.00, this donation will allow us to replace a unit that just suffered a catastrophic failure last month. The timing was almost meant to be. The grant doesn’t specify or limit uses. This tool is kept on our primary Wildland engine that sees service across the state during fire season.”