Foundation donates equipment for rehab trailer

by Wes Mayer


Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Foundation presented a variety of new equipment to the Newnan Fire Department this week for its rehabilitation trailer. From left are Firefighter Winston Porter, Marianne Thomasson and Norma Haynes of the foundation, Battalion Chief Denise Freeman, Sgt. Shannon Brock and firefighter David McKenzie, and Sheila Davis of the foundation with Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs. 

This week the Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Foundation presented a variety of new equipment to the Newnan Fire Department for its rehabilitation trailer.

Using donated funds, the Public Safety Foundation purchased fans, electric generators, a heater, folding tables, tripod task lights, hoses, tarps, coolers and two canopied 10-by-10-foot tents for use with the department’s rehabilitation trailer.

“Since we are now a foundation,” said Norma Haynes with the foundation, “we can supply them with this and make their jobs a little easier.”

“We are honored to be able to help,” said Sheila Davis, also with the foundation, “We are so proud of the community support. We very much appreciate the agencies and the citizens.”

The fire department’s rehabilitation trailer is a mobile camper that Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows acquired a few years ago from military surplus. It is stationed at Newnan Fire Station 3 on Temple Avenue, and is maintained by the Newnan Fire Department, but it is available for any public safety department to use in the county.

During extremely hot or extremely cold weather, public safety members can use the trailer for shelter and a place where they can rest and recuperate and get water, Gatorade or hot drinks. It can also function as a mobile command post and is equipped with television to monitor weather and laptop computers and printers.

Haynes said the foundation has always assisted the public safety departments through donations. The foundation will provide supplies and funds to all public safety employees who are in need of medical or financial assistance.

“We appreciate their support,” said Newnan Battalion Fire Chief Denise Freeman. “They have helped us for years.”

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