Volunteer firefighters in Greenfield have more than a dozen new sets of protective pants and jackets thanks to the community's largest employer, Harry Freeman and Son, which donated $30,000 worth of the gear to local first responders.
Greenfield's fire chief Moyal Conrad, along with Charlie Freeman, president and general manager of the family-run lumber business, were on hand at the Medway River Road fire station presenting the bunker gear to firefighters November 25.
The business, a landmark in Queens County since the 1800s, came to the department's aid a couple of years ago with a $15,000 donation to the station's roof could be fixed following a storm.
Conversations between Conrad and Freeman bunker gear supply and daytime responses happened a few months ago in the aftermath of several alarms. Conrad, a supervisor at the mill, has worked for the Freeman's for 30 years. Charlie Freeman had been a 40-year member of the fire department, rising to rank of captain.
The new clothing goes to front-line responders most likely to have to deal with the most hazardous conditions on a call. The gear that's being replaced may still be used by firefighters working defensive fire attack or on non-fire related incidents.