Their firefighting gear was covered in oil at a large fracking fire nearly seven weeks ago. But Friday, Grady County Volunteer Firefighters got some very good news.
District Chief Buddy Myers said he took delivery of 30 sets of gear, professionally cleaned by a company in Texas.
Chief Myers said Continental Oil and its insurance company paid the $7,500 cost, as well as another $40,000 to pick up the tab for the chemicals and equipment used to put the fire out that happened six miles East of Chickasha on January 13.
Saturday, Grady County will welcome 18 new members of the Grady County Volunteer Fire Department at a training exercise in Chickasha.
“Weather conditions statewide are conducive to large fires and if we don’t get on em’ quickly with the adequate amount of manpower and equipment, then they can get away pretty rapidly,” said Chief Myers. “We’ve always had the equipment; we just have not had all the manpower to man all of it.”
In the past month, Grady County has welcomed eight new female volunteer firefighters as well.