Chief Ronald S. Landry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2013
Millville, Massachusetts – Chief Ronald Landry is pleased to announce notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that an amendment to the 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant has been approved, bringing the total awarded to Millville Fire and Rescue to $159,550; the federal share is $151,572 and the town share is 5%.
The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Program is to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards. This grant is extremely competitive, and evaluated by panels of firefighters and other emergency services personnel. After careful consideration, FEMA has determined that Millville’s project submission is consistent with the program’s purpose and worthy of award.
Millville requested funding in three operations and safety categories. First, Millville has been awarded $12,480 for training for four firefighters in FF1/FF2. Firefighters need the knowledge provided by the books and classrooms, but they also need the hands-on, real-life experience to put them all together. Call firefighters adhere to the same guidelines and requirements as career firefighters, and are not restricted from any firefighting tasks. Training firefighters ensures that the response to Millville’s emergency situations is professional and appropriate.
Second, Millville has been awarded $7,000 for a dedicated computer housed at the Fire Station. Updated technology assists incident command and site management. The technology provides accountability as well as technical information such as hazardous materials, construction and site layout. With these resources, the Fire Department will better protect the health and safety of our personnel during emergency situations.
Lastly, Millville has been awarded $140,070 for personal protective equipment, self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The Millville Fire and Rescue, with the purchase of 23 SCBA through this grant, replaces and updates obsolete SCBA to the standards passed by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and scheduled to go into effect in the fall of 2013.
Turnout gear and other PPE such as SCBA is a firefighter’s first line of protection from heat smoke, toxic gases and blood-borne pathogens. This gear becomes obsolete, dirty and degraded and has a shelf-life under ultimate maintenance conditions of approximately 10 years. With the increasing amounts of incidents and trainings that each firefighter’s gear is exposed to, the potential of injury resulting from sub-standard gear increases.
The SCBA has become an essential piece of a firefighter’s personal protective equipment and quite possibly the single most beneficial piece of safety equipment used by the fire services. In addition to the use of SCBA in structural firefighting, it plays an important role in confined space, technical rescue and hazardous materials incidents.
This grant award is a testament to how under-served communities such as Millville, through perseverance and tenacity, with the participation and cooperation of local and state officials, can benefit from funding that is often distributed to larger metropolitan organizations with less limited staff resources. Millville is honored to be an award recipient.
Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain the equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, personnel training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The grants are administered by the FEMA of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). FEMA implements the AFG Program with consultation from the US Fire Administration.