MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Firefighters Foundation dropped off a protective gift over the weekend in Moorhead.

They gave firefighters nearly 40 protective hoods, which are used to provide a barrier from smoke and other harmful materials in the air that come from fires.

Moorhead Fire Chief Rich Duysen said his crew was able to use the hoods this past Saturday night, when they battled an overnight fire that destroyed a house near Concordia College's campus.

Duysen said he's grateful to have these new hoods come at the right time, despite initially wanting to wait to give them out.

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"Sometimes, we wonder if because we have them, you have a fire," he said with a laugh, "But all kidding aside, it was nice to have them, and it'll be nice to put them in our whole arsenal (of equipment)."

While he appreciates the gift, Duysen said he can't thank the foundation enough for providing this kind of protection across the state.

"It means an awful lot, it means that they care about us, but to get (them) out in rural or greater Minnesota, it's nice to know it's a statewide effort," he said.

Out of the over 700 fire departments statewide, Moorhead was one of five who got the new hoods.