Natomas Cares: Equipment Donated To Police & Fire Stations

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A volunteer neighborhood association in North Natomas collected more than $6,600 using old-fashioned community fundraising to purchase equipment for their nearest fire and police stations.
The gifts will be presented to captains of the police and fire departments in a ceremony at the association’s fourth annual National Night Out celebration tonight in Witter Ranch Park.
“This couldn’t have come a better time for us,” said police Capt. James Maccoun. “Our budget has been cut to the bone so these sorts of purchases are increasingly difficult for us.”
Witter Ranch Community Alliance raised the funds in partnership with Sacramento’s all-volunteer non-profit Drowning Accident Rescue Team. Proceeds from a community yard sale, hot dog barbecue, individual and merchant donations were used to buy a MultiRAE portable gas and explosive compound detector for a fire station slated to open soon on El Centro Road and a Cellebrite forensics system for the police department’s Kinney Station on Marysville Boulevard. The group negotiated to receive a discount from equipment suppliers.
“This will really help us in our response to calls regarding possible gas leaks,” said Jaymes Butler, one of the captains of Fire Station 18. “This MultiRAE detector might save a life someday.”
Also scheduled to attend the ceremony are Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, city Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, and a representative from Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan’s office.
The Witter Ranch Community Association includes nearly 1,400 single-family homes and more than 400 apartments.

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