Perdue Farms provided Houston County Fire Department with a $12,026 grant for the purchase of new thermal imaging cameras. From left to right are Corporal Raymond Jones, Perdue Director of Operations Chad Huffman, Chief Christopher Stoner, Perdue Director of Operations Lee Hiner, and firefighter Brock Synder.

Perdue Farms awards $12,026 to Houston County Fire Department in Georgia

Funds will pay for two thermal imaging cameras

June 15, 2021

SALISBURY, MD. (June 15, 2021) — Perdue Farms, through its Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded a $12,026 grant to Houston County Fire Department in central Georgia to replace two inoperable thermal imaging cameras.

“Each of our fire trucks carries one camera and we have been able to replace two of these over the previous year. However, the remaining six cameras are still in need of replacement,” said Christopher Stoner, Houston County Fire Department chief. The funds from Perdue will pay for two of the six cameras.

Thermal imaging cameras are a primary tool for firefighters at emergency scenes, helping find people or firefighters trapped in a fire. They also ensure all fire is found and extinguished, preventing further property damage.

“By utilizing a camera during rescue, it can significantly shorten the time it takes for firefighters to locate and remove a trapped occupant, possibly meaning the difference between life and death,” said Stoner.

All eight of Houston County Fire Department’s fire trucks will have a functioning thermal camera when the department buys the six new cameras.

Houston County Fire Department is responsible for all emergency calls and nonemergency fire and rescue service to unincorporated areas of Houston County. The department promotes fire prevention with visits to local schools, churches and businesses.

“Perdue Farms is very happy to support Houston County Fire Department and the purchase of new thermal imaging cameras,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation. “At Perdue, we recognize the important role firefighters serve within our communities. We are honored to support them and help ensure they have the resources needed to make our community safe for our neighbors.” 

About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®.

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