As vital as they are, keeping and maintaining a fire department can be an expensive endeavor for any city. The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) is proud to have been able to assist the Gladbrook Fire Department by helping to pay for some vitally needed equipment in the last two years.
Because of new regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Gladbrook Fire Department was faced with replacing old pagers. The FCC regulations narrowed the radio waved bands for safety reasons as too much interference occurred on the broad band system. The TCCF granted the fire department $1,672 in 2012 for four new pagers and a new base radio.
"The grant was very important to us as we had to follow the government regulations. Without the money given to us by the TCCF, fire fighters would not be able to comply with the government rules and might not be able to receive pages," stated Gladbrook Fire Chief Matt Koester.
Gladbrook Fire Chief Matt Koester is shown holding the new pagers for the Gladbrook Fire Department which they were able to purchase from a Tama County Community Foundation Grant.
The latest grant in 2013 was for a new fire deck gun. A fire deck gun is fitted to fire trucks for use in manual firefighting efforts. The fire deck guns are designed to be operated by one firefighter and are used to deliver water or foam from outside the immediate area of fire.
In the spring of 2014, the fire department will break ground for a new $800,000 fire station, south of downtown on Highway 96. According to Chief Koester, the firefighters have almost reached their fundraising goal and are excited about their soon-to-be-new station. The Gladbrook Fire Department has 17 volunteer fire fighters.
For more information about the TCCF, contact Brian Sokol, Chair of the Tama County Community Foundation, 641-484-2980, or Mary Fasse-Shaw, TCCF's Development Associate at 641-751-5251.