Laurens City Council has approved funding for half the cost of “Trench Rescue” equipment. Fire Chief Bill Hughes asked for the $6,600 as the Fire Department’s half of some 18 pieces that can be configured to protect rescuers and those being rescued from situations ranging from stabilizing a vehicle wrecked in a ditch to collapsed roofs. Hughes told Council Tuesday evening “the majority of our department received training at a 40-hour class two years ago in trench rescue.”
Meanwhile, the Laurens Commissioners of Public Works Monday night heard a proposal for the CPW to fund the other half of the cost and share the use with the fire department. Commissioner Parker Moore said “safety for our employees is one of our major concerns,” but the CPW tabled action this week.