Rockland receives grant to replace aging fire equipment

Jul 10, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Rockland fire department will have new equipment for its crews next year, thanks to a federal grant.

Rockland — The Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department will be able to replace all of its aging air packs, thanks to a federal grant.

Fire Chief Christopher Whytock announced Tuesday, July 10, that the department received a $239,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant will allow the city to replace all 32 of the department's air packs. The current ones are 21 years old.

"This upgrade will bring with it many new safety features that will allow our firefighters to operate more safely in an already dangerous condition. We also will be purchasing thermal imaging cameras that mount directly to the firefighter’s face piece, allowing us to harness lifesaving technology, all while doing it hands free," the chief said in a news release.

The department will also acquire two rapid intervention packs, which are used when a firefighter is hurt or trapped in a building. This pack is used by a specially trained group of firefighters in the event that one of their own is in need of saving, the chief said.

The chief said he expects the department to acquire the new equipment in January.

Comments (2)
Posted by: kristin adams | Jul 10, 2018 12:49

Great news for a well deserving group.

Posted by: ananur forma | Jul 10, 2018 10:29

This is GREAT news, so happy to hear this.

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