WHEATLAND, Mo- The Wheatland Fire Department has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for items lost in a fire caused by a lightning strike last week.
The strike happened Friday morning around 6:30 and the fire destroyed a lot of the equipment there.
Fire Chief Jordan Graham says in the fundraising post, “unfortunately our building along with all reserve gear, helmets, boots, wildland gear, blowers, office equipment, hoses, hard suction, hose appliances, training materials, fire prevention materials and much more were lost.”
He goes on to say in the post that they are a donation based volunteer fire department and are always accepting donations.
“Donations during this rebuild will allow us to purchase items such the appropriate commercial washer and dryer which is critical to the health of our firefighters. Fire contaminants can expose firefighters to cancer-causing carcinogens and eventually weaken the gear meant to protect them. Extrication equipment necessary for getting our community out of a car if they are involved in a car accident. There are many more items needed for the protection of our firefighters and community. Any donations are always appreciated,” says Chief Graham.
The Department’s goal is $30,000.