Josh Cellars and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to provide 10 volunteer fire departments with $5,000 each to help provide training to their members. The Cannon County Fire Department was one of the recent recipients of the Josh Cellars training grants.
"Training is essential to ensure our firefighters can do their job safely and effectively," said NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. "Many departments struggle to find funding to provide this critical training. We appreciate the support of Josh Cellars, who has not only recognized this need, but has taken action to ensure our men and women in the field are properly prepared and ready to respond."
Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars wine, created the Josh Cellars brand in honor of his father - a volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army veteran. To be eligible to apply for the grant, departments had to be over 50 percent volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be located in the U.S., and be a member of the NVFC.
Cannon County Fire Department
The Cannon County Fire Department (CCFD) was established in 1978 and expanded from one station to seven in 1994 to provide better protection to the nearly 14,000 residents and 6,500 homes and business over 265 square miles. CCFD has roughly 100 volunteers on their roster; each is required to take the initial 16 hour training in firefighting procedures and techniques, which is mandatory in Tennessee.
CCFD recognizes that training is the essential key element for firefighters to function safely while responding to, at the scene of, or returning from motor vehicle collisions, emergencies, fires, and/or disasters. The goal of this funding is to increase the established minimum requirements so that every firefighter is certified at Firefighter I within the next three years. However, budget restrictions have left the department to seek out external funding sources to support this initiative. The grant will help the CCFD to furnish each student with the necessary training aids, books, and other materials and also complete a live burn training at the State Fire Training Academy.
"I and the other 100 volunteer firefighters of the Cannon County Fire Department are very appreciative for this grant," said Station Assistant Chief Larry Powell. "As Training Officer of the CCFD, I look forward to improving our training programs by incorporating more hands-on training. We plan to purchase and/or fabricate a fire behavior prop, a forcible entry simulator, a sprinkler simulator, and a vertical ventilation prop. We appreciate the support from Josh Cellars for making this possible."
County Fire Chief Michael Underhill added, "We really appreciate receiving this grant. This funding will allow us to train more members in lifesaving skills. Increased training will help protect the citizens in our community and surrounding areas. Thank you!"
About Josh Cellars
Josh Cellars offers bold, complex and approachable wines for drinking with family and friends. Sourced from vineyards across California, Josh Cellars offers seven varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Rosé and a red blend, "Legacy." Josh Cellars wines are available at retailers nationwide. Learn more at www.joshcellars.com
About the NVFC
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org