Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has received a $100,000 donation from ARC Terminals, as a way to make up for the company’s illegal storage of sulfuric acid on the Mobile River that became public last summer.

After facing daily fines of up to $268 per day, ARC completed the removal of all sulfuric acid from the Blakely terminal in 2015.

ARC made the recent donation as part of a settlement agreement negotiated with the city, according to Mayor Sandy Stimpson, the amount is more than any fine would’ve been worth. Stimpson gave those remarks while addressing Mobile City Council members at their meeting Tuesday.

The department plans to use the monies to upgrade hazardous materials team equipment, according to a statement recently released about donationed from ARC.

“This donation will enable us to purchase modern technology and upgrade current equipment for our Hazmat response capabilities.” acting fire chief Billy Pappas wrote.

The department intends to use the funds to purchase and upgrade the following equipment:


AreaRae with full sensor suite for $45,000.

It is used for establishing a perimeter at an incident site. The AreaRAE provides real-time wireless measurements for a range of potential threats such as combustible gases, chlorine, or hydrogen sulfide, you can deploy the monitor and replace sensors when circumstances change.

Level A suits with flash protection valued at $14,094.

This upgrade to our existing Hazmat entry suits will provide our personnel with a much needed extra level of protection. While meeting the needs of working in the most dangerous environments by protecting against chemical and biological agents in both liquid and vapor form these suits provide additional protection against flash fires that may occur.

A thermal Imaging camera estimated at $10,000.

These devices allow our personnel to locate potentially dangerous situations by rendering infrared radiation as visible light. Such cameras allow responding personnel to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers.

A Photoionization detector monitor to detect VOC gases valued at $14,374.

PIDs measure volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other hazardous gases. PIDs produce instantaneous readings, operate continuously, and are commonly used for monitoring possible worker exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as solvents, fuels, degreasers, and plastics.