WPFD receives new grain bin rescue equipment

West Point Fire Chief Wilbourne, Battalion Chief Reggie Gardner and Firefighter Bob Lummus assembling the grain bin rescue enclosure and auger.
Josh Presley
DTL Editor

The West Point Fire Department received new grain bin rescue equipment this week thanks to a 4-County Foundation grant. The $4,065 equipment arrived on Wednesday.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard said that previously there was no such equipment in Clay County, and that the closest county to have access to grain bin rescue gear was Marshall County.
“That’s a few hours away, and now we’ll be able to serve not only Clay County but the surrounding counties as well, and we can get to them a lot faster than Marshall County,” Blissard said.
She said there were 11 personal farm storage bins in Clay County, and several more belonging to businesses such as Tom Soya and Prestage Farms.