The Desert Hills Fire District has been awarded a $71,810 Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the replacement of their protective clothing commonly known as “turnouts” and helmets.
The National Fire Protection Standards (NFPA) calls for the complete replacement of firefighters protective clothing every 10 years and protective clothing currently in use is at their maximum useful life as described in NFPA 1971 standards.
According to FEMA, the primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments for the purchase of new equipment.
Interim Fire Chief Pat Dennen said, “We are very excited to receive this grant. It will allow us to provide the best possible protective clothing for our personnel when they encounter environments that are in immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) atmospheres – and we would like to publicly thank FEMA for considering and funding our grant applications.”
Captain Steve Bunn and Captain Jason Sayre were credited with writing the grant application.