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Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah VFD gets $27,000 grant for gear

Posted: July 17, 2015 4:16 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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The Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department recently received a $27,096 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The department will use the funds to purchase new turnout gear for the firefighters.

A press release from Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Chief Chris Jones said firefighter safety is the number one reason the department applied for the grant.  

“Our firefighters must be protected with the best equipment so they can be effective when they are called upon to save lives and property.  As we have added new volunteer firefighters to our department, we have been faced with issuing older ‘hand me down’ gear to those volunteers that did not meet current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards,” Jones said. “NFPA standards call for the retirement of gear that is 10 years old or older and for each member to be sized appropriately for the gear to ensure proper fit. Additionally, NFPA standards have improved to keep firefighters protected from flames, while staying cool inside the gear. Staying cool is important to firefighter health and enhances their endurance on the fire ground.”

Jones said the FEMA grant will allow all of the volunteer firefighters to be equipped with current, up-to-date gear. He said a full set of gear costs around $2,600 and he hopes to stretch the grant money enough to purchase 11 sets for the department.

“We are extremely excited and honored to receive this grant. We are thankful to FEMA for their support of our firefighters,” Jones said.

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