Cannon County Fire Departments Receive $5,000 For Training

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Cannon County Volunteer Fire Departments received $5000 from a partnership of Josh Cellars Wine and the National Volunteer Fire Council to help provide training for volunteer fire fighters.  Cannon County's Fire Departments were one of 10 departments across the country to receive this money.
The Josh Cellars Training Grant was created by Joseph Carr the founder of Josh Cellars Wine in honor of his father who was a volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army Veteran.
To be eligible to apply for the grant, departments had to be over 50 percent volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be located in the U.S., and be a member of the NVFC.
The Cannon County Fire department was established in 1978 and expanded from one station to seven in 1994 to provide better protection to the nearly 14,000 residents and 6,500 homes and business over 265 square miles. CCFD has roughly 100 volunteers on their roster; each is required to take the initial 16 hour training in firefighting procedures and techniques, which is mandatory in Tennessee.
The CCFD recognizes that training is the essential key element for firefighters to function safely while responding to, at the scene of, or returning from motor vehicle collisions, emergencies, fires, and/or disasters. The goal is to increase the established minimum requirements so that every firefighter is certified at Firefighter I within the next three years. However, budget restrictions have left the department to seek out external funding sources to support this initiative
County Fire Chief Michael Underhill stated  “We really appreciate receiving this grant. This funding will allow us to train more members in lifesaving skills. Increased training will help protect the citizens in our community and surrounding areas. "