MINGO JUNCTION - The village's fire department will be wearing new turnout gear for the first time in two decades thanks to funding through a Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant, said village Fire Chief John Wright.
Wright said he received official notification from U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, about the $73,243 FEMA grant.
Wright said the department will be able to purchase 27 sets of firefighter turnout gear and a commercial grade washer and dryer specifically built to clean firefighter turnout gear. Wright said residential washers and dryers can cause damage over time to the gear.
The village is responsible for contributing $3,854 for a total amount of $77,097 to be used to purchase the equipment.
"I'm ecstatic to be awarded this grant request as our current gear is nearly 20 years old," Wright said. "The recommended replacement is every 10 years. With the economic hardship in the village, this is the only way possible to obtain the gear in the near future. The new gear has much improved safety features, which improves the firefighters chance of performing their job efficiently with a reduced risk of injury."
Wright said this is the fire department's first big grant award in numerous years.
The department will have the new turnout gear and washer and dryer in about two months, the fire chief said.