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Local Fire Department to be honored in Las Vegas

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MOORE, Okla. – Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird will be in Las Vegas on Monday to accept a special $10,869 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to purchase equipment to support the town’s rebuilding efforts.

The grant is being awarded at the National Demolition Convention taking place during this time.

The grant will fund personal protective equipment — the most important equipment a firefighter has when responding to an emergency.

This gear includes the fire-resistant clothing firefighters wear when responding to incidents like fires or major vehicle crashes, protecting them from exposure to chemicals, heat and flames. Specifically, this donation will fund the purchase of new sets of coats, pants, helmets, gloves, hoods and boots.

“Firefighters depend on this gear for protection in hot or toxic environments such as fires,” said Fire Chief Gary Bird. “This grant enables us to provide a high level of service to our community and satisfy our most basic mission: saving lives.  We truly appreciate this grant which came at a time of great need for our Fire Department.”

Chief Bird will speak at a special grant presentation event during the National Demolition Convention.

Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 2,100 different organizations totaling more than $31 million — including more than $150,000 in Oklahoma.

“We can’t think of a better way to support the firefighters in Moore,” said Bob Elster, president of Apollo General.  “Purchasing the equipment they need to support the community’s rebuilding efforts can be incredibly expensive, and we hope this grant will make a difference in helping them get back on their feet.”