BIG BEND AGRI-SERVICES recently donated a chemical spill clean-up kit to the Cairo Fire Department. Pictured with the equipment, l-r, Firefighter Bruce Gurley, Eng. Kenneth Barfield, Kevin Alford of Big Bend Agri-Services, Fire Chief Bill Schafer, Lt. Josh King and Eng. David Morton.
Cairo business Big Bend Agri-Services has donated equipment to the Cairo Fire Department that will help the first responders in the event of a chemical spill.
Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer says he is thankful for the donation. “They graciously purchased and donated this special chemical spill kit. This kit will definitely help our department be better prepared in the event of a chemical or hazardous spill,” says Chief Schafer.
The kit, which would cost the fire department about $1,000, according to the chief, includes special pads that quickly absorb chemicals should they leak from their container. It also includes protective gloves and a shovel for cleanup.
“It’s great that they care enough about the community and the fire department to make this kind of donation,” says Schafer. “When it comes to spill and clean-up kits it gets very expensive, and we greatly appreciate Big Bend for helping us be better prepared with this equipment.”
In addition to its operation on First Avenue N.E., the firm also leases the majority of the Heritage Industrial Complex in southeast Cairo, which was formerly the W.B. Roddenbery Company’s pickle plant, where Big Bend has a chemical warehouse and distribution operation. The company is owned and managed by Monty Ferrell.