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Northeast Times | September 17, 2021

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WESTLAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GIFT FROM DELOITTE

WESTLAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GIFT FROM DELOITTE

Deloitte University delivered yet another substantial gift to the Westlake Fire Department. Earlier this month, representatives from Deloitte University stopped by Westlake Town Hall to deliver a $10,000 check that Fire Department staff used to purchase testing equipment for breathing apparatus. Westlake Fire Chief Richard Whitten said the department is very appreciative of the gift, which will allow for onsite testing of the masks that firefighters wear when they go into buildings or approach hazardous environments. In the past, the department has had to go offsite for the testing, which takes place once per year as a requirement by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. “This will allow us to comply with state regulations easier,” Whitten said. “We appreciate Deloitte’s partnership and generosity to our Fire Department and to our community.”

Whitten said the gift giving actually began last year, after Deloitte University Managing Director Pete Sackleh called and asked if the Fire Department had any needs. That call led to a first gift of $10,000 to Westlake Fire Department to be used on a live fire extinguisher training system, which is used to provide training to the public on proper fire extinguisher use and fire extinguishing techniques. The corporation is also generous to our police force. On Feb. 5, Sackleh stopped by Keller Town Hall to deliver a $10,000 donation from Deloitte University to the Keller Police Department for the purchase and training of the next K-9 officer puppy. Rowdy, a Belgian Malinois, retired in February after a decorated nine-year career.