"This is better than Christmas!"; Letcher County volunteer fire departments receive new gear

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LETCHER, Ky. (WYMT) - Non-profits often struggle with maintaining funds and coming up with more than $60,000 can be almost impossible.

"It's hard to come up with that kind of money," says Sandlick's Fire Chief Mike Amburgey.

In January, American Electrical Power donated a grant for more than $61,000 to the volunteer fire departments of Letcher County.

On Tuesday each of the 10 volunteer fire departments received brand new turnout gear.

"It's like a kid in a candy store. Where's the next box of candy? We found it!" says Bill Meade, the fire chief at Kings Creek Fire Department.

This is the first time any of the departments received brand new gear, which usually costs around $3,000.

The new turnout gear not only makes it safer for the men and women fighting fires but this allows them to use the money they saved on other important matters.

"We can use our money now to pay our power bills," says Meade.

Knowing their team is safer, they can continue serving the county they love.

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