Galion Fire And EMS Receive Grant To Replace Old Equipment

Galion Fire And EMS Receive Grant To Replace Old Equipment

  • 9/17/2018 10:38:33 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

GALION, OH - A federal grant has been awarded to Galion Fire and EMS to purchase replacement equipment. 

A total of $133,334 was awarded from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

A funding notice from FEMA was sent to the City of Galion on September 14th stating "The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Program is to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards."

With the grant, the department plans to purchase 20 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) packs and oxygen bottles. The currently SCBA packs and oxygen bottles that the Galion Fire Department have been using were made in 2002. The bottles were at the end of their useful life and were scheduled to be replaced with or without grant assistance.

"I'm happy to once again be able to secure a grant for the city," Fire Chief Phil Jackson said. "It will help us purchase much-needed equipment at a small fraction of the cost to taxpayers."

The required local match is $6,666 (5 percent of the total purchase cost). The cost for each replacement unit is an estimated $7,000. 

Fire Chief Jackson added that the department has received over $1.2 million in grants in recent years. All grant writing has been done in-house. 

Galion Fire and EMS will also be receiving a grant from Shriner's International for a new thermal imaging camera.  

 

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