Last updated: August 28. 2013 3:46PM - 1393 Views
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The Clinton Fire Department has received $99,000 in federal funds for fire operations and safety, a grant award that will help outfit the department with updated self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Clinton fire Chief Adon Snyder said the award will not only save the city money, but will give the department the equipment it needs for its firefighters to be safe and help the community enjoy that same safety.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the Congressional-appropriated funds through its firefighters assistance program. The $99,000 requires a $11,000 local match, a far cry from the $110,000 that would otherwise need to be spent to update breathing apparatuses, which often have a lifespan of just 10 years and are a necessity to firefighters, Snyder noted.

“This will give us the ability to upgrade to the 2013 standards,” he remarked. “It’s more than helping the fire department, it’s a tremendous savings to the city.

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre congratulated all those who worked on the application, which Snyder said was submitted in December 2011.

“Ensuring that our fire departments have the resources and tools they need to do their job is a priority for me, and I am pleased these funds are coming home to help the Clinton Fire Department,” McIntyre said in a prepared statement. McIntyre is a member of the Homeland Security, Fire Services and First Responder Congressional Caucus. “We must do all we can to protect our citizens and communities, and these federal resources will help do just that.”

The funds have not yet been received, as the money is pending some administrative paperwork. Once the money is obtained, a bid process will be conducted for the purchase. Depending on the cost, Snyder said the funds should be able to purchase about 20 self-contained breathing apparatuses.

“We very much appreciate and are thankful for the federal funding opportunities and this award,” said Snyder, who reiterated the savings realized locally as a result. “That’s a huge savings across the board, to the city and taxpayers, and it allows us to have the most updated and state-of-the art equipment we need.”

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at cberendt@civitasmedia.com.

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