CFI donates $100,000 to local first responders for water rescue boats
The donation is split between 7 departments
JOPLIN, Mo. — CFI donated $100,000 to local first responders. 6 of the 7 local departments were in attendance at CFI for the presentation of the checks.
“We have a saying in the fire service and law enforcement and ems a lot of people forget about you until they need you and the fact that CFI sought us out, knew that there was a need and wanted to do something and that they stepped up its incredible” said Carl Junction, Fire Chief, Joe Perkins.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Joplin, Baxter Springs, Miami, Oronogo and Carl Junction Fire departments each received $15,000.
The Duquesne Police department who was not in attendance also received $10,000.
“We were truly appreciative and humble to receive such a donation” added Joplin Fire Chief, Jim Furgerson.
The Fire departments and Highway Patrol will use the money for new water rescue boats.
The Duquesne Police department used the money for a new Automated External Defibrillator, which has already been used once.
Water rescue boats are a resource that is extremely needed due to the increased amount of flooding in the surrounding areas.
“Without donations like this, our department being a small community would not be able to afford an additional rescue boat like this” said Oronogo Fire Chief, Carl Arft.
“The big thing with this boat is it will be designed specifically for swift water situations, we’ll be able to kind of deliver and be in situations that maybe we couldn’t necessarily get to before” added Chief Perkins.
CFI President Greg Orr says it’s not about the amount of money donated but the recognition of the first responders that is the most important.
“You know dollars is dollars but at the end of the day it’s really about making sure that the people who are helping us from a first responder perspective have the tools that they need to be successful.”
The departments are extremely excited for the arrival of their new boats.
“Unbelievably, unbelievably blessed and big thank you to CFI” said Chief Perkins.
The water rescue boats are currently being designed and made. They are expected to be ready in about a month.
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