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$40K is to keep firefighters safe

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Updated: 3:11 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Village of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department will be getting $40,128 in federal funding to purchase personal protective equipment.

The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. A firefighter's gear is designed to protect from serious injuries resulting from contact with chemical, physical or electrical hazards during fires.

This equipment includes respirators, gloves, blankets, gas masks, and turnout gear. Turnout gear consists of a coat, pants, boots, helmets and a hood for interior firefighting.

Much of the Speculator fire department's equipment has reached the end of its reliable life, making the need for new protective equipment especially acute.

"We have such a dedicated fire group here. They work very hard to raise funding through alternative means such as grants and fundraisers, which really helps ease the burden on village taxpayers," said Mayor Letty Rudes. "We are absolutely thrilled this is money we will be saving in our budget."

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the award July 3.


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