Sam’s Club has donated $2,000 between three local fire departments.
Money granted includes $1,000 for the Conway Fire Department as well as $500 each for the Centerville and Greenbrier volunteer fire departments.
Conway General Manager Scot Ervin said Sam’s Club strives to put money back into the community.
The funding, he said, is a continuing relationship, noting the store donated $1,500 to the CFD following it’s grand opening in January.
“We want to support the community around us,” he said.
Greenbrier Cpt. Josh Odom said his department will use the money toward equipment.
“Equipment is our biggest thing,” he said. “We are so thankful for these guys and for the opportunity to receive these grants. We couldn’t do it without these guys.”
Centerville plans to put the money toward purchasing and automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.
“It’s nice to see this money going toward potentially life-saving equipment,” Ervin said.
Ervin said Sam’s Club recognizes the importance of supporting volunteer fire departments.
“They don’t have near the budget dollars and they’re so important to the communities they serve,” he said “We always look for those opportunities to support our local area — those same communities we serve. We want to make sure we’re keeping our money here.”
CFD Assistant Chief Todd Cardin said Conway was also thankful for Sam’s Club’s generosity and planned to use the money for it’s upcoming training.