Fire company awarded grant for thermal cameras, gas detection meters

The following was posted on the Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1's Facebook page.

Lauren Hurtt, left, supervisor of government affairs with South Jersey Gas, presents the grant check to Kate Holden, Al Freeman and Chief Andy Cunard of Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1 (Special to The Sun/Tabernacle Fire Company).

South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries Inc. (NYSE: SJI), is proud to present Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1 with a $4,681 grant as part of the utility’s First Responders Grant Program.

Tabernacle Fire Company is one of seven recipients selected to receive the latest round of grants from South Jersey Gas. The grant funds, awarded in late-2019, were used by the fire company to purchase a thermal imaging camera and two gas detection meters.

“Our First Responders Grant Program provides crucial financial assistance to support operations, improve safety and provide training to departments throughout the South Jersey region,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “Through this investment, South Jersey Gas can help hardworking, courageous first responders and express gratitude for the work they do each day to ensure our communities remain safe. We are proud to partner with Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1 and commend them for their efforts.”

The thermal imaging camera and gas detection meters are vital safety tools that will aid the fire company in various situations. Thermal imaging cameras greatly enhance search and rescue capabilities in zero visibility environments and gas detection meters gauge the levels of various types of gas, alerting the crew to atmospheric hazards so they can react accordingly.

The First Responder Grant Program will be offered again in November. Program information and eligibility guidelines are available at SouthJerseyGas.com/Community.

South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 385,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. For more information, visit southjerseygas.com.