Fire grant to be used for videos

WINDER - Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services received nearly $3,000 to buy videos and other materials promoting fire and burn prevention.

The $2,940.64 grant from the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation was awarded in memory of Brant Chesney, a Gwinnett County firefighter who was killed in the line of duty in 1996 while volunteering with the Forsyth County Fire Department.

Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services, said the department would use the money for fire safety videos, a TV, a DVD/VCR and a Dalmatian costume to help children feel comfortable with firefighters and for use in parades and at fire safety days.

"It's great," he said. "It's a wonderful thing. It's an honor, and money that's well-


Some videos will be geared toward children, he said, while others will teach adults how a fire spreads and grows. The videos will be used in lectures, schools and one-on-one.

Dakin said the grant, which is funded through annual boot drives, helps the department get started on programs they would otherwise not have the money to afford.

Normally, 10 percent of the money collected in the boot drive in Barrow is returned to the county, while the rest goes to fund grants like the one Barrow received, Dakin said.