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Alligator Point firefighters get training, equipment boost

The Alligator Point Saint Teresa Volunteer Fire Department has
been named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, receiving
$32,030 funding to be used to purchase Hurst Extrication Tools.

“We’re so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs
Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs restaurant, in
Tallahassee,” said Robert Gates, president of the fire department. “The Hurst
Extrication Equipment will help us safely and effectively rescue trapped
occupants of vehicular accidents and remove barriers for rescue operations in

During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded
118 grants to public safety organizations across the country, totaling more
than $2.5 million toward critical lifesaving equipment, a new record for the
most money ever awarded in a single quarter.

The Alligator Point fire department was eligible for the grant
funding because they fell just within the maximum distance from a Firehouse Sub

The members of the department trained on the tools last
August and again earlier this month.

Under the leadership of Hugh Hartsfield, over the past 14
months the department has seen four members who completed the requirements for
Firefighter 1 certification by the state of Florida. They include Hartsfield,
Gates. Ken Clizbe,  vice president of the board, and Paul Parker, the longest
tenured member of the department, and a former fire chief and president of the

In addition, the department now has two certified emergency
medical technicians – Mike Avera and Gates. The department also has 16 members
who are certified as emergency medical responders

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