Local businesses assist Orange Fire in equipment purchases

ORANGE — With the help of a number of local businesses, the Orange Fire Department has raised enough money to purchase a new diamond-bladed ventilation saw and two scopes for intubating patients.

Mark Vitale, a firefighter and paramedic with the department who organized the fundraising campaign, said purchasing the new equipment would have been impossible without the $4,600 in donations, which were provided by Peter Gerry of Pete’s Tire Barn, Witty’s Funeral Home, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. and the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club.

Vitale said the Orange-Athol Eagle’s Club donated an initial $1,000, which it had raised over the course of a year, but that it wasn’t quite enough to make the entire purchase. That’s when the other businesses stepped in.

“The saw was a little more money than that, so we had to obtain the rest from other businesses,” Vitale said. “It was amazing that all the business owners got together and raised the rest of the money in the majority of a week. Everyone came together to make the purchase real snappy.”

He said that a training prop is being constructed behind the fire house to be used in teaching department personnel to use the saw. It will serve as a pavilion once it is no longer needed.

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