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FEMA grant funds new air packs for Plymouth FD

January 17, 2019
PLYMOUTH¬ – The Plymouth Fire Department was recently awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant through FEMA that allowed them to finally replace their 21 outdated, noncompliant air packs.

Deputy Chief Tom Morrison said they have tried for the grant in the past but only this year gained approval. The price of the air packs totaled $133,419, of which the grant paid $127,067, leaving a cost to the town of only $6,352.

Air packs are vital to the firefighters, allowing them to breathe clean air when they have to enter a smoky or hazardous environment. A special feature the new packs provide is that two of them have Thermal Imaging Cameras built into them to aid in a building fire.

"We have hand held TICs but having one on the face mask frees your hands up. We'll try these two out and if we like them, maybe we'll get more," Morrison said.

Last Friday, crews met with a representative of the air pack company to learn how the new equipment works, and at their next monthly fire training session, they'll put them to the test in smoky conditions.

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Martin Lord Osman
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