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$18,000 raised for firefighter cameras

The Union staff

When Grass Valley fire crews use new thermal imaging cameras to help save victims in blazes, they will have the fund-raising work of local volunteers to thank.

The Grass Valley Firefighters Association raised $18,000 from citizens and business owners to buy two of the cameras, which can help detect heat signatures amid heavy smoke.

Another camera was purchased for the city department by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.

Throughout the county, the majority of the cameras used by fire departments were purchased with grants or donations, not general fund tax dollars, said Hank Weston, chief of the Grass Valley fire department.

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