Thousands of dollars in equipment donated to Hamilton firefighters

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Thousands of dollars in equipment donated to Hamilton firefighters

Hamilton firefighters have received more than $2,200 worth of fans, heaters, cooling vests, tents, and other supplies to help keep them safe in extreme weather conditions.

The donation is part of a grant from the Walmart Community Grant Foundation.

“The Walmart grant helped us purchase rehab supplies to be used in operations in all kinds of weather. Our goal is to keep our firefighters healthy and safer and this will help do that,” said Hamilton firefighter Tony Robertson, who spearheaded the effort to secure the grant from the retailer.

Walmart officials from the company’s Hamilton location made the grant presentation Wednesday.

The grant is part of the company’s local efforts in the community, according to Walmart Assistant Manager Daniel George.

The Hamilton Walmart donated more than $2,000 worth of equipment to the Hamilton Fire Department to help keep firefighters safe in extreme weather conditions. Pictured (from left) are: Joshua Lane, Walmart personnel coordinator; Hamilton firefighter Terry Southard; Hamilton fire Lt. Jeff Blair; Hamilton firefighter Tony Robertson; and Daniel George, Walmart Assistant Manager. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF Staff Writer

“With donations around the community, Walmart’s priority is to our customers and the community,” George said. 

Joshua Lane, Walmart personnel coordinator, said the money to supply the grant was an online effort as well as a strong push from the west side store.

“It was a little over $2,200 that was raised and it was done by contribution on Walmart.com and and the west side Hamilton store.”

Fire Chief Steve Dawson said he was proud of the work Robertson and others firefighters put in to help get the Walmart grant.

“All of the rehab supplies will really help the department,” he said.

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