The Mineola Fire Department has received a grant of $10,852 from the Treiber Group and the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company to purchase a thermal imaging camera, a tool that proves useful as members of the Mineola Fire Department respond to calls to protect lives and property.
The grant came through the Heritage Program at the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, which partnered with the Treiber Group, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company of New York.
Mineola Fire Department Chief Scott Holliday put the grant to good use as the fire department purchased the thermal imaging camera, a portable generator and fire-protective helmets and gloves.
Chief Holliday thanked the Treiber Group and the Fireman' Fund for the grant, which was used to improve the fire services. Holliday said the thermal imaging camera was one of the best pieces of equipment to be developed for the fire services in the last 20 years. The camera allows firefighters to find people or animals trapped and can't be seen because of smoke or fire. It allows fire firefighters to check a premises for "hot spots" since the camera identifies temperature changes. Holliday said the camera has already come in handy at a recent garage fire.
On behalf of Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village board, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther also thanked the Treiber Group and the Fireman's Fund, saying that the grant is not only a gift to the fire department but to all the residents of the village.
The Mineola Fire Department provides an invaluable service to the residents and businesses of the village by not only protecting property, but more importantly saving lives. Any tool that enhances the already excellent service the Mineola Fire Department provides is much appreciated by the Village of Mineola.