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Fairview Volunteer Fire Department Receives Major Donation

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FAIRVIEW -

A fire fighter has a lot of things to worry about when it comes to running into a burning building.

One thing they shouldn't have to worry about is if their gear will protect them.

The volunteer fire department in Fairview is currently working with gear that's 28 years old.

"The mid 80's were the last time we bought new equipment," said Fairview Fire Chief Steven Gillespie. "After years of time, the wear and tear of the gear just breaks down the material. Discoloration from when they've been in the heat."

Globe Manufacturing has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council and DuPont to donate 125 sets of full turnout gear.

Fairview's Volunteer Fire Department is one out of more than 2,600 applicants that will get $24,000 that will go toward new gear.

"It's incredible," said Globe Manufacturing President Don Welch. "They volunteer not only their time away from their families and their businesses and their hobbies, but they put their lives at risk. So it's a great feeling for us. It's wonderful for our employees and something we are very pleased we are able to do."

"Truthfully I was surprised from the Finley Fire Representatives saying I won the contest," Gillespie said.

The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department is not just upgrading its gear.

It has also just purchased this 2012 Pumper Tanker that will create a quicker and more efficient response time.

"We are making payments on it," Gillespie said. "We have applied for a grant where we can pay it off in a year or so. But we are still waiting to hear about that one."

The Fairview VFD will get the new gear in about a month.

Some firefighters said getting the gear is the best gift the department has ever received.