The Waldron Rural Fire Department will have the opportunity to update some of its turnout gear with the help of a $3,900 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced at the Arvest Bank in Waldron.. Debra Fuller, Keith Slater, Teresa Carnahan, Debra Byford and Shelley Buckles of Arvest were on hand to present the check.
The Arvest Foundation donation will allow the Fire Departmentto replace some of their outdated turnout gear, resulting in enhance firefighting capabilities. Turnout gear provides personal protection for firefighters and can include trousers, boots and jackets.
“On a fire scene, having current and reliable equipment is vital to the safety and confidence of our firefighters, Waldron Rural Fire Department chief Ken Overdurf said. “The Waldron Fire Department is honored to have community partners like the Arvest Foundation and is thankful for its generous support.”
“We are happy to make this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” Buckles said. “Our firefighters play a critical role in the safety and well-being of all those in our community and we are happy to support them in this way.”
About the Arvest Foundation
The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint.For more information, go to www.arvestfoundation.org.