Fire and EMS Receives Duke Energy Grant

Firefighters stand beside a huge checkMorehead City Fire and EMS Receives Duke Energy Grant

Morehead City Fire and EMS has received a $10,000 North Carolina Storm Resiliency Grant from Duke Energy.  The money will help in the development of an emergency water rescue team.  This team will be able to provide technical rescue coverage to citizens of Carteret County and beyond. 

During Hurricane Florence, the Morehead City Fire Department experienced a large volume of water rescue calls, leaving the department in a vulnerable position.  While emergency workers performed search, rescue and recovery efforts for humans and animals in surf, swift water, flood water and still water environments, they didn’t have the proper equipment to do it safely and efficiently.  Hurricane Florence forced the department to use personal boats which are not made for water rescue situations. 

“This grant will allow the department to outfit firefighters in dry suits, so they can get into contaminated waters safely,” said Jamie Fulk, Morehead City Fire/Ems Chief.  “The grant is a great start in preparing our city for water rescue emergencies.  We are so appreciative of Duke Energy for all of their help.”

This $10,000 grant will help cover the costs of a proper water rescue team.  Firefighters need a boat, motor, trailer and personal protective equipment such as dry suits, helmets and ropes.  

Photo (left to right): Brian Pasko, Firefighter/Paramedic, Millie Chalk, Duke Energy, Jamie Fulk, Fire/EMS Chief