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Friday, September 13, 2013
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department has received a $5,000 grant to purchase a high-tech thermal imaging camera.
The grant from Wells Fargo Insurance and Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. was presented during a 9/11 memorial that honored the 343 firefighters who died while evacuating people from the World Trade Center.
Thermal imaging cameras allow firefighters to "see" through smoke, darkness and other low-visibility conditions.
The cameras help firefighters quickly locate victims trapped in burning buildings and fine hot spots inside walls.
Additionally, the cameras have been used to locate accident victims who may have been thrown from motor vehicles.
"Thermal imagers used to be considered a luxury, but now they're a necessity because they can be utilized in so many different ways," Fire Chief David Hoback said. "We're fortunate to have received this donation so we can ensure the safety of our firefighters and our community with this critical, life-saving piece of equipment."
Through its nationwide philanthropic program, the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. awards grants to fire service organizations for lifesaving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs.
Since 2004, Fireman's Fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million - including more than $390,000 in Virginia.
Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman's Fund products, such as Wells Fargo Insurance, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.
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Tom Turner with Petroleum Marketers Inc. has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The other officers elected for 2013-14 include Todd Morgan, Martin Brothers Contractors Inc., first vice chairman; Jay Inge, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, treasurer; and Susan Woodie-Williams, Richfield Retirement Center, secretary.
New board members include Ginger Bullington of Allstate Insurance Co.; Meg Carter, a community volunteer; Lakricia Duncan, Solstas; Les Keng, Suntrust Bank; Eric Stelter, Wells Fargo Bank; and Scott Thomasson, Layman Distributing.
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It's that time of year when the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking feedback.
The agency is conducting its annual Consumer Satisfaction and Stakeholder Feedback Survey, an evaluation from individuals with disabilities, their families, care providers or concerned citizens and policymakers.
To participate in the 10- to 15- minute online survey, visit www.vbpdvoice.com.
The survey closes Sept. 30. For assistance with the survey, call 804-786-0016.
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