Clarendon firefighters soon-to-be better equippedOctober 10,2012By SANDI SWITZER
CLARENDON — Volunteer firefighters will be sporting new air packs next year thanks to a sizable FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant.
The Clarendon Fire Association was among the first fire departments in New England to receive the highly competitive grant, according to Matthew Jakubowski, the town’s emergency management director and a volunteer firefighter.
“The grant was for $91,194 with a federal share of $86,635 and a local share of $4,559,” he said.
Funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will be used to purchase personal protective equipment and replace outdated items nearly two decades old.
“We’re going to use it to buy 10 new air packs, 20 face pieces and 24 cylinders,” Jakubowski said.
The old air cylinders were made of aluminum and steel, while the new ones would be comprised of fiberglass and about 5 pounds lighter, he explained.
“The old ones held 30 minutes of air and the new ones will hold 45 minutes of air,” Jakubowski said.
Other equipment features include “voice amps” on face masks to improve communication between firefighters as well as alert systems that sound off after two minutes of no movement, he said.
For the complete story, see Thursday's Rutland Herald.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.