Detroit (MI) firefighters will receive 645 sets of gear, comprised of a fire-resistant jacket and pants. The equipment was funded by a $1.75 million federal grant and an additional $965,000 in matching funds from the city.
DFD ordered 977 sets in total. The department expects the remaining 342 sets of gear in addition to boots, gloves and hoods to arrive in the coming weeks, Fire Commissioner Donald Austin said.
The fresh turnout gear will especially come in handy before the winter chill hits the city. Many times firefighters get wet in the process of dosing blazes. Having a second set of turnout gear will allow firefighters to have an extra dry set on cold days.
The new gear also comes after a documentary, “Burn: One year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit,” showed firefighters duct-taping worn boots before running into burning buildings.
“I am extremely pleased that nearly every Detroit firefighter will soon have brand new protective gear and emergency equipment, thanks to our partnership with FEMA,” Mayor Dave Bing said in a release. “Our men and women in the Detroit Fire Department risk their lives to save others and it is imperative that they are well-equipped to do their job.”
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