Karns, Knox County (WVLT) - Christmas came a little early for the Karns Volunteer Fire Department.
Tuesday morning, fire fighters were presented a $35,000 grant to purchase new technology.
The Fireman's Fund Heritage Grant is funded by the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and awards it to fire departments nationwide.
It allows KVFD to purchase thermal imaging cameras which allow fire fighters to quickly locate victims trapped by fire.
Karns has four stations in its volunteer fire department and it is the third department in the state and the first in East Tennessee to receive the grant.