The Patchin Volunteer Fire Company in the Town of Boston will receive a federal grant of $86,450 to replace 10-year-old firefighters turnout gear that no longer meets state regulations, Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, announce.
In addition to the new firefighters’ coats, pants, boots, gloves, helmets and hoods, the grant will cover the purchase of a bail-out system that will help firefighters escape from upper floors of burning buildings when there is no other way out.
The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The cost of one set of turn-out gear is $2,500.
“We operate on a yearly chief’s budget of $13,400 and only $150,000 from the town,” said Patchin Fire Chief Joe Gallagher, “so this is going to help significantly.”