By Levi Zimmerman
The Mineral Point Fire and Police Departments will both have new fire suppression tools thanks to donations made by the Mineral Point Masonic Lodge.
On Monday night, Fire Chief Brian Marr and Police Chief Bob Weier met with some of the Freemasons to be presented the donations.
The fire suppression tool (FST) is reportedly a highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution that can be activated after pulling a pin and throwing it into an active fire.
The tool, about the size of a kettlebell, is marketed as non-hazardous to people, pets and electronic equipment.
Just before the presentation, the Freemasons gathered around a table and had friendly discussion.
“We want to show the community that the Masonic Lodge is active and contributing to the community,” Joe Harker said. Jim Heisner, Jim Davis and Orville Olson were also in attendance.
The Mineral Point Masonic Lodge has deep roots in the area, as it was reported it was established before the State of Wisconsin was established, in 1842.
They said the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin learned of the FSTs about one year ago. All Masonic Lodges in the state had the opportunity to be provided one by the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation.
Harker said, for some communities, the goal is to put a device in each squad car.
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