December 21, 2014

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Medina Twp. firefighters getting new gear

MEDINA TWP. — The township Fire Department will upgrade its safety equipment with $132,896 it received from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

The department will buy about 30 self-contained breathing masks for firefighters, Fire Chief Mark Crumley said. Crumley said some of the township’s masks are more than 20 years old.

“Over the years, we’ve had to do maintenance and repairs to them to try and bring them up to date, but some of them we can no longer maintain,” he said.

Crumley said the department also will purchase a tester to ensure breathing masks fit and operate correctly.

“Every year, the guys should be getting their masks tested,” he said.

The department also hopes to buy handheld machines that would connect to each firefighter’s mask to let the commanding officer at a fire know the location of each firefighter.

“It would just attach to their breathing apparatus,” Crumley said. “The handheld device would be used by command outside the building and we would be able to tell exactly where everyone is inside the building.”

The grant was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant is competitive, and fire departments must state how they plan to use the money when applying for funding.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.