Elizabeth Township VFD to get $114,000 for equipment

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Elizabeth Township VFD to get $114,000 for equipment

The Ironton Tribune – ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — Elizabeth Township Volunteer Fire Department is getting a $114,095 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The announcement was made Thursday by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office.

Elizabeth is one of two fire departments in southeast Ohio to get such a grant.

Fire Chief Dale Waugh said the money will be used for roughly a dozen new firefighter air packs, a compressor system to fill the air packs, a thermal imaging camera, spare air bottles and other miscellaneous items.

“This is great because it’s something we haven’t been able to do (on our own). We bought a few air packs but some are from back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. A lot of them still have the old steel bottles,” Waugh said. “The new ones will be fiberglass and should weigh about a third, maybe a fourth of what the steel bottles weigh.” And we should get 40 minutes of air time instead of 20 minutes.”

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