Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District receives grant


From left are: Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 member Fred Kile, Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District Firefighters Steve Reichert and Billy Rings, Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District Fire Chief Mark Kidd, Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 President Steve Cox, Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 Community Service Chairman Kermit Morse, Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 First Vice President Don Shoemaker and Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 Trustee Roger Guess.

A local fire department has received a grant from the Ohio Elks Association.

The Marysville Elks Lodge No. 1130 recently secured a Community Service Grant for the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District in Plain City.

The purpose of the grant is to aid in “the acquisition of equipment by a municipality, police department, fire department, park department, etc., which they would not otherwise be able to purchase, allowing them to do their jobs better.”

The grant was used to purchase a Tempest Nightfall smoke generator. This tool will enable the firefighters of Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District to simulate realistic, low-visibility conditions during training helping them to become more efficient during structural firefighting.

The Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District is located in Plain City and serves the communities of Unionville Center, Darby Township — Union County, Plain City, Darby Township — Madison County and Canaan Township covering over 82 square miles and almost 12,000 residents.

“The purchase of this device would not have been possible without the grant afforded by the Marysville Elks,” said Fire Chief Mark Kidd. “We cannot thank the Elks enough for their generous donation.”

The Elks is a national, fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history. A network of more than 2,000 lodges all over the country promotes community spirit and the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.

The Order donates more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs.

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