The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a grant from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company on Jan. 30 to fund emergency response and safety equipment that will aid the communities they serve.
The grant of $9,350 was given at a ceremony in Pikesville.
Kentland Volunteer President Donald Aker said the grant will be used to purchase gas detection devices for each piece of apparatus so firefighters can quickly detect the presence of hazardous gases and determine the source of such gas leaks.
“Natural gas emergencies are some of the most potentially dangerous calls that the Kentland VFD responds to,” he said in a statement.
Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the county fire/EMS department, said Kentland’s members are already trained to operate gas meters so the department will immediately be able to use the meters once purchased and installed.
Tony Kelleher, Kentland’s volunteer chief, said all suppression apparatus including the engines at the Landover Road and Campus Way stations, ladder town and rescue engine would be equipped with the meters and one would be kept at the station as a reserve.
Fire officials expect the new meters to stay in service for up to 10 years.