A local fire department will now be able to buy new firefighting technology courtesy of a major foundation grant.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security Foundation has awarded the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department a $4,000 grant to help with the purchase of a new thermal imaging camera in order to hlp firefighters check for hot spots after a fire and help with search-and-rescue missions.

The foundation has approved over $373-thousand dollars in statewide grant funding of up to 4-thousand dollars each to Hoosier fire departments, law enforcement agencies and emergency medical services.
The focus of the foundation is to support the future of public safety and to provide grant funding to local agencies for critical public safety needs across Indiana.

The Ireland department is looking to buy a new generation thermal imaging camera which will cost the department 62-hundred dollars replacing a worn out unit.

The additional funds for the camera will come from a $3,000 grant announced in May from the William Rudolph Jr. donor-designated endowment managed by the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Excess funds from the two grants will be used to buy a radio for the new 2014 Pierce pumper truck the department will take delivery of Monday. The new pumper replaces a 1980 model.