The Ottumwa Fire Department received a big gift from Cargill Meat Solutions, Indian Hills Community College and the Southeast Iowa Response group recently that will help them serve the community better when it comes to certain situations.
Over $15,000 worth of equipment was purchased that the Ottumwa Fire Department needed in order to respond to certain types of calls within its hazmat unit. These calls can range from confined space rescues to steep road rescues.
Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller spoke with KTVO Thursday about the equipment, and what it means for his team.
"We are going to have guys on our hazmat team become trained in those confined space training. We've got the equipment, the training schedule and now we will be ready to go," said Chief Miller.
Chief Miller says that all of his firefighters within the hazmat team will be trained on the new equipment.
"We can use this equipment to make the scene safe. We would need to do that because anytime we work on a situation, we need a safe and secure scene," said Chief Clark.
In all, 22 firefighters from the department serve under the hazmat umbrella. In southeast Iowa, the Southeast Iowa Response Group serves 11 counties.