Big Rapids Fire Division Receives Donation For New Equipment

A local fire department is upgrading some of their tools thanks to a generous donation.

The Big Rapids Rotary Club donated $2,250 to the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Fire Division.

The donation allowed the department to purchase three new fire hose nozzles.

They are more light weight and have a water flow rate of up to 200 gallons per minute.

More importantly, this new purchase will allow them to put out fires faster and more efficiently.

“Years ago it used to be a lot of cottons, natural woods, things like that when you’re talking furniture and different items,” says Steve Schroeder, Deputy Director of Public Safety. “Nowadays it’s a lot of plastics and rubber and synthetics, and they burn a lot hotter, and so fires that normally would’ve taken, and years ago taken a slow time to spread, now spread a lot faster. So, as firefighters, we have to have the technology and the equipment to overcome those heat release rates.”

In the future, the department hopes to be able to replace all of their older nozzles.

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