Firefighters ask for help winning free helmets

11:12 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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Helmets are without a doubt one of the most essential parts of a fireman's uniform, but they're also very costly--about $300 each. That's especially a high price to pay for volunteer fire departments, which only have limited budgets.

Caton's Chapel - Richardson Cove's Assistant Fire Chief Matt Lovitt said, "We have about 30 members on our fire department and with that you're looking at a large chunk of money. Our annual operating budget is about $50,000 a year. So in order to equip our people and keep fuel in the trucks and the lights on in the base we have to have operating funds."

The Caton's Chapel - Richardson Cove Volunteer Fire Department entered a Facebook competition sponsored by "Phenix Fire Helmets", in which the public has until March 1st to vote on the best picture submitted by a fire department. As a way of celebrating its 40th year in business, Phenix Technology is giving away 40 NFPA compliant firefighter helmets to a department in need.

After the March 1st deadline, Assistant Chief Lovitt said the top ten pictures will then be judged by the National Firefighters Endowment and Phenix Fire Helmets and a winner will be selected. The announcement of the winner is expected to be made on April 25th.

The National Firefighters Endowment and Phenix Fire Helmets will choose 10 departments to evaluate with the winner being announced at  Phenix Technology booth 4143 on April 25, during FDIC 2013.

Caton's Chapel - Richardson Cove Volunteer Fire Department submitted a picture showing a few of the firefighters fighting last spring's English Mountain fire.

To vote for their picture click here and then scroll down until you see the picture submitted by the Caton's Chapel - Richardson Cove Volunteer Fire Department.

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