The Sylvania Township Fire Department has received a grant of more than $200,000 for breathing apparatus and will also share in a regional grant of more than $700,000 for new radio equipment.
Chief Michael Ramm said the radio equipment grant has special importance, because radio equipment currently in use is of a type which Motorola has announced will be discontinued.
“By the end of this year, they won’t service them or make replacement parts. There’s an inventory, but eventually they’ll all have to be replaced. This grant will go a long way in reducing our cost.”
The grant from FEMA is for $712,820.
The money allows for the purchase of portable radios worn by firefighters as well as mobile radios installed in vehicles.
Other departments which will share in the grant are Rossford, Toledo, Maumee, Whitehouse, and Richfield and Jerusalem townships.
Chief Ramm said the exact dollar amount which will be for Sylvania Township has not yet been determined.
The regional grant will require a ten percent match from those receiving the funding.
The grant for self-contained breathing apparatus is for a total of $223,223. Funds will be used to purchase packages containing the air cylinder, hoses and mask for use by firefighters in smoky environments or when toxic fumes are a danger.
The money should cover the cost of 28 equipment packages.
“This is the third or fourth time we’ve applied for these grants and this is just great news for the department,” he said.
Neal Mahoney, chairman of the Sylvania Township trustees, said he is pleased with the work of the fire department in its work on the grant applications and with their success in obtaining the funding.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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