Richmond fire department wins $10,000 grant

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Richmond fire department is thanking the community tonight for helping it win a $10,000 grant. It's one of 10 fire departments around the country to receive the money.

Tuesday on Willis Road an alert young person saved his family.

"My little brother woke me up yelling, 'Get out! Fire!' I saw a lot of smoke in the room," said Mykale Adams.

And Thursday morning on Edgehill Road an 80-year-old woman was trapped on the second floor. Richmond fire is as busy as ever and like many in this economy they're also doing more with less.

"It used to be, you just said, 'This is what you need, this is what you got.' It's not like that anymore," said Captain William Martin.

Which is why winning a $10,000 grant is big news and a big relief. The contest took place in October through an online website called

Fire Marshall David Creasy is saying thanks to all you who voted on the website. 78,000 votes were cast and Richmond is one of 10 fire departments around the country to win a fire safety grant.

Every school will get a new kit to help teachers train kindergartners through fifth graders about unintentional injuries and fires. The department's also going to order brochures and videos to show the elderly.

City firefighters get 30,000 calls for help each year. Calls exactly like they got this morning. Neighbors didn't hear a working smoke detector -one of a number of lessons the money will pay for.

"Hopefully we can take this money, put it to use, prevent some injuries. And fatalities that we might otherwise see in the city," Creasy said.

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