Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth at: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River:    
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Carlotta Fire Department receives life saving technology

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CARLOTTA- The Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a grant that has helped them to purchase a thermal imaging camera. The $5,235 grant was awarded to the department from George Petersen Insurance Agency and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

Fire Chief John Church said the camera will help volunteer firefighters save lives in the community. Church said the device helps them to almost see through smoke and be able to see heat that can help them locate people in fires.

The fire department is staffed entirely by their 13 volunteers.  Church said he was thankful for the donation, because their limited budget would not allow them to purchase the camera. "We can help people, we can save people, we can save structures. It's just a win win for all of us," said Church.