YDOP | May 28, 2019
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community donated $12,783 to the Quarryville Fire Department for the purchase of four new hand-held gas meters for the company’s fire-fighting apparatus. The current meters are obsolete, explained Joel Neff, Quarryville Fire Chief.
“We appreciate Quarryville Fire Department’s outstanding service and dedication to keeping our community safe,” said Robert B. Hayward, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. “We are blessed to have dedicated public servants here in Quarryville, and it is an honor to support their efforts.”
“Quarryville Fire Company is grateful for QPRC’s financial support and help in protecting our firefighters’ health and safety,” said Neff. “Your contribution means a lot to our volunteers, and we thank you.”
The new gas meters will help the department detect dangerous gases that can cause harm to fire fighters as well as bystanders, explained Chief Neff. One of the gases that the meters will detect is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN is produced when common products such as wood, silk, cotton, plastic, foam, and synthetic rubber burn. Firefighters are exposed to HCN in every fire emergency. HCN is 35 times more toxic than carbon monoxide and can enter the body through inhalation, absorption or ingestion. When it enters the body, it targets the heart and brain. It also has been proven to linger in the air once the fire is extinguished, and the meters will allow monitoring of HCN to ensure the air is safe to breath. The meters also measure carbon monoxide, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide (H2S).