The Lunenburg (MA) Fire Department has received a $50,806 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to purchase protective equipment and power-lift stretchers for ambulances.
The department will also purchase advanced protective equipment and training for all firefighters.
Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan said the grant is administered through Homeland Security and are available to fire departments across the country.
“The grants vary from year to year, and it varies yearly what you can use the money for,” he said. “We’ve done a lot with these grants, including getting a firetruck and getting new air packs for our entire department. We put in for several things over the last couple months, including escape kits that firefighters can use if a window is the only escape during a building fire.”
The power-lift stretchers are battery-powered and can be used to lift a person who weighs up to 700 pounds, Sullivan said.
He said the stretchers can range in price from $8,000 to $14,000.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant was created because many departments have difficulty purchasing proper equipment within its operating budget. A ladder truck, Tsongas said in a statement, can cost a department more than $1 million, and supplying one firefighter with turnout gear and breathing apparatus can exceed $5,000.
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