Thank God after 3 years of "dear johns" and "sorry about your lucks" we received a much needed grant from the Feds. We received approx 86,000 dollars for Operations and Firefighter Safety for new SCBA. Ours where in dire need of replacement. This is a great addition to our personal protection. We received a grant in 2005 for 25 new sets of turnouts, helmets, boots and hoods. I am extremely pleased that we as a department can finally provide a proper, safe full PPE ensemble for our firefighters. In all honesty I believe that any department that applies for essential protective equipment, such as turnout gear and SCBA, under the federal government should receive this grant almost automatically. I find it particularly frustrating to see the same departments every year receiving grants, astronomic grants, for equipment and vehicles when several small departments such as my own scrape for funding. This is not to say that larger departments don't need funding but I believe there should be less of a disparity between the "haves' and the "have nots." Wrapping it up here I am ecstatic that we are going to be moving into the 21st century with our SCBA and I extend a "Good luck!" and "keep up hope!" message to all of you who are still waiting for a grant. As the little kid said in Angels in the Outfield "hey it could happen!"
Be Smart, Be Safe, and come home the same way