Firefighters will get a safety boost with the purchase of monitoring equipment that can be used locate them inside burning buildings should they become injured and unable to move. The electronic accountability system features equipment that attaches to a self-contained breathing apparatus and operates from the moment a firefighter enters a building. A $12,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s firefighter assistance program will facilitate the purchase.
Since 2005, support from federal grants has allowed the Lackawanna Fire Department to purchase new equipment including a new ladder truck and state of the art mobile radios.
“This award will allow our firefighters the peace of mind that if they become trapped in a fire we have a way to quickly find them and bring them out,” said Lackawanna Fire Department Chief Ralph Galanti.
• Second Ward Block Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Queen of Angels, 144 Warsaw St. A residents’ service expo will follow featuring representatives from Renter Rehab, Mobile Home Assistance, Lackawanna School District and various loan agencies. The expo continues the theme of “About Face,” a marketing strategy established in August 2014 by Fred K. Heinle, director of development.