First- through fifth-grade Cub Scouts from Jarrettown Elementary School were treated to a tour of the Fort Washington Fire Co. last night.
The fire company owed them.
The Cub Scout pack, which comprises students from Jarrettown and Maple Glen elementary schools, donated a portion of their fundraising money — $500 — to the fire company. The Scouts raised the money by selling popcorn last autumn, according to pack leader Steve Robinson.
Fort Washington Fire Chief Eric Clauson said the money will go toward supplementing the fire fighters’ gear.
The $500 will purchase 25 cable cutters, for the company's top responders. Clauson said while it may seem strange, the cable cutters are not part of a fire fighter’s standard uniform; he called them something of a “luxury,” but said this luxury can save lives, especially if wires from a drop ceiling fall on a fire fighter. Without the cutters, the wires could tangle a fire fighter.
Following a tour of the fire fighters’ relatively new digs by fire fighter Tom McDonald (his colleagues called him “700”), the Scouts presented a check to Clauson in the station’s bay.