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Fire department better able to communicate

By: Laura Newell/Telegraph staff writer
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Firefighters at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department are communicating clearly now with new equipment received from a grant. Wells Fargo Insurance Services partnered with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to donate $5,406 to El Dorado Hills Fire Department to fund two state-of-the-art portable radios, headsets and battery chargers. The radios have a lighted display which makes setting the channel easier in dark or smoky environments, said Rachel Clark, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company spokesperson. The new radios also audibly announce the channel when needed. El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts said their job is all about communication. “If a firefighter is impaired or trapped, these radios are significantly easier to use,” said Roberts. “Ultimately the equipment makes us better able to protect and serve the residents of our community.” The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. “We want to help and support your job, so you can continue helping keep us safe,” said Connie Benson, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company sales director. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire department and burn prevention organizations. “We’re pleased to give back to the fire service in such a tangible way,” said Greg Van Ness, senior vice president of field leadership for Wells Fargo Insurance Services. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect ours, so it’s essential they have the best equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively.”