The grant was awarded from the Federal, FEMA Fire Acts Grant (AFG).
Great Trail personnel applied for this grant and it will go towards Personal Protective Equipment ($111,150) and Training ($61,650). The District will only have to provide a 5% match of $8,228.
It will provide for needed replacement of outdated SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus).
Presently we use 2 different types and 7 different models of SCBA.
This grant will allow us to purchase 1 brand of SCBA at today’s standard, so firefighters can operate in a safer condition with every FF having their own mask and gain muscle memory in operating only 1 style of SCBA.
The 2nd part of the grant will allow firefighters to be trained at a higher standard and state certification. The funds will allow for members to be trained here locally making it more convenient to put in the additional hours of training.
These two items were two of the District’s main goals when they formed in 2012.
A little about the AFG. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.