The Barling Fire Department was one of four organizations honored during a special event involving new lifesaving equipment last week.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated $57,718 worth of lifesaving equipment grants awarded to four local public safety organizations during a press event in Rogers Oct. 4, according to a news release. Among these was the Barling Fire Department, which received a gear washer and dryer valued at $17,005. This allows the department to clean turnout gear more frequently, improving firefighter safety by reducing exposure to carcinogenic agents and ensuring access to dry gear during the next fire emergency. Grants were also awarded to Benton County, the Marmaduke Volunteer Fire Department and the Tontitown Fire Department.