In conjunction with the upcoming wildfire season, P&K Equipment is recognizing the hard work and sacrifice of firefighters in Oklahoma and Arkansas. P&K collected nominations for the Gear ‘Em Up Gratitude Giveaway, and the Bethel Acres Volunteer Fire Department has been chosen as one of five winning departments across the two states.

The department in Bethel Acres—and each of the other winning departments—will receive a STIHL equipment package valued at more than $1,300. Each package includes a STIHL MS 261 Chainsaw, a STIHL BR 800 C-E Backpack Blower, four gallons of STIHL MotoMix premixed fuel, and free chain sharpening at any P&K Equipment location.

The Bethel Acres Volunteer Fire Department received several nominations praising their hard work and dedication to the job and the community. “Outstanding group of men and women doing their best to keep our community safe. These individuals at Bethel Acres volunteer to work countless hours, with great pride, to keep us safe,” one nomination read.

Another nomination read, “I’ve never seen such a cohesive, hardworking department who also gives to the community by providing safety seminars in local schools, disaster relief after storms, and fundraisers. This would be such a well-deserved honor for Bethel Acres to receive this equipment!”

The P&K team presented the STIHL equipment package to members of the Bethel Acres Department, including Chief Rusty Tucker, on April 1 at the Bethel Acres Fire Station, located at 18101 Bethel Road in Shawnee.

For over 30 years, P&K’s history has been enriched by our local communities—these places we call home,” says Scott Eisenhauer, P&K General Manager. “The ‘Gear ‘Em Up Giveaway for First Responders’ is our chance to say thank you to our local firefighters. As they protect our homes, our businesses, and our ways of life this wildfire season, P&K Equipment looks forward to the opportunity to recognize their dedication and award five deserving departments with new STIHL equipment.”

Find out more about the giveaway at Other winning departments include: Redbird Volunteer Fire Department, Cherokee Fire Department, and Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, all in Oklahoma; and Highfill Volunteer Fire Department in Arkansas.