PIQUA — Thanks to a generous — and timely — donation, the Piqua Fire Department is equipped with the latest technology to keep citizens safer.
The Piqua Community Foundation and Rich Donnelly donated a pair of natural gas detectors to the department. The devices were put into service two weeks ago.
The Sensit HXG-3 Combustible Gas Leak Detectors will give the department the latest in technology to go into an area and determine if a natural gas leak has occurred, and what level, measured in parts-per-million, is present. Natural gas, once reaching a certain level, is highly combustible.
The timing of the donation could not have been better, according to Piqua Fire Chief Brent Pohlschneider. The department was called out to a possible gas leak recently and was taking gas measurements using the department’s detectors, which had been in service since the 1980s.
Their detectors were getting minimal readings, said Pohlschneider, but Vectren employees, using their equipment, were reading higher levels.
It was determined that the PFD detectors were no longer holding an accurate calibration.
Within days of this occurrence, Rich Donnelly and the Piqua Community Foundation approached Piqua Fire and said that they were looking to make a donation and asked if there was anything pressing that was needed.
The generous donation allowed the department to purchase the new gas detectors, which Vectren’s workers told them was “the best one to buy.”
Also included in the purchase from the donation, which was around $2,800, was a new four-gas monitor that measures CO (carbon monoxide) levels.
Pohlschneider said that the department is very grateful for the generous donations that allow his firefighters to have the latest tools to help ensure the safety of Piqua’s citizens.