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Zionville Fire Department Donates 34 Fire Helmets To Africa Fire Mission

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019 2:27 pm

A local fire department recently donated 34 fire helmets to a cause in Africa to combat fires.

Zionville Fire Department made the donation, on September 2, to the Africa Fire Mission. The mission of the Africa Fire Mission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to increase the sustainable capacity of fire departments across Africa through training, empowerment, support, and encouragement.

Captain Ross Rominger and Chaplain Chad Cole delivered the helmets to representatives for Africa Fire Mission in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chaplain Cole tells WataugaOnline.com, “We received a state fire grant that allowed us to purchase 40 new helmets along with some other much needed items. Most fire Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has an expiration date on it and our helmets were getting close. Once expired, we can no longer use them nor can we donate them inside the US.”

Cole went on to add, “I done some online research and found Africa Fire Mission, a faith based organization whose focus is equipping third world countries with functional fire equipment. Along with the equipment, they have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. This is the first time Zionville VFD has donated and the only Watauga County department that has donated so far. I hope that changes in the near future.”

To learn more about Africa Fire Mission, and to see how you can donate or volunteer visit https://www.africafiremission.org/

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