NVFD Raising Funds for Versatile Gear

Submitted – The Norris Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) that meets wildland and urban search and rescue guidelines. The personal protective equipment would allow our firefighters to respond to a variety of calls for service while being protected from cuts, scrapes, and blood-borne pathogen contaminates. The PPE would also provide high visibility awareness when working in wooded areas, such as the Norris Watershed, or along busy roadways.

Purchasing the cost-effective and multi-use PPE would allow our firefighters to preserve their traditional structural firefighting equipment. To replace one structural firefighting coat and pants is approximately $5000. To outfit a firefighter in wildland/urban search and rescue PPE is around $1100. The risk of contamination or damage to our structural gear on non-structure related requests is high. This new equipment would allow the Norris firefighters to preserve their structural firefighting gear for its intended purpose while still being property outfitted for non-structure calls, such as brush fires, downed trees, hiking trail extractions, medical calls and assists, and more.

If you would like to donate, please send a check made out to Citizens in Support of Norris Police & Fire (CSNPF), with “NVFD Wildland Gear” in the memo line to PO Box 1009, Norris, TN 37828. The department appreciates your support!

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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