The 24-member Agricola Volunteer Fire Department purchased an automatic external defibrillator and reusable safety vests with a $1,772 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grant from Singing River Electric.
The new equipment will help in their efforts to provide emergency medical response to George County’s Agricola, Movella, Howell, and Ward communities. The fire department has been serving the area since 1976.
“Last year, we responded to 131 emergency calls through the 911 system including structural, wood, and vehicle fires, as well as medical crises including heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic emergencies,” explains Philip Thomas, fire chief.
For more information on Singing River Electric’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Grant program, visit www.singingriver.com/my-community. The next application deadline is Sept. 8, 2023.