North Kingsville (OH) Purchases New Turnout Gear

Thanks to a hefty investment, more than a dozen North Kingsville firefighters will tackle their next fire in state-of-the-art protective equipment.

The department last month received 13 new sets of turnout gear, said Fire Chief Kevin Hubbard. At the start of the year, village council agreed to spend $33,000 on coats, pants, helmets and insulated boots, replacing years-old, obsolete equipment, said Councilman Ron McVoy, chairman of the police/fire/rescue committee.

Coats can be donned and removed more easily and are now equipped with safety straps. The reflective strips on the back are also positioned so they won’t be obscured by air packs, Hubbard said. Each set was custom-fitted to the firefighter.

Helmets are color-coded: black for firefighters, orange for officers and white for the chief and assistant chiefs, Hubbard said. “(The coding) makes it easier to identify people at a fire or emergency scene,” he said.

The department has enjoyed a jump in membership, and now counts 23 people on the roster, Hubbard said. More sets of turnout gear will be acquired over time, he said.

The equipment was purchased from Fire-Fly Fire Equipment Sales in nearby Cranesville, Pa.

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