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$68,490 grant for Elizabeth firefighters to boost operations

The 24-member Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. has been awarded a $68,490 grant to improve firefighter safety and operations, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and Ninth District Rep. Baron Hill said in a written announcement last week.
The funds, a 10-percent match awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be used to purchase:
‘ A cascade filling system with an air-compressor for air packs;
‘ 10 air packs;
‘ 12 complete sets of turn-out gear; and
‘ 18 protective face pieces used with air packs.
‘The money will be used to purchase training equipment as well,’ said the Rev. Richard Goodwin, fire department chaplain, secretary and safety officer.
Every time an air pack is used when fighting a fire, the pack must be refilled with compressed air, Goodwin said.
The funds should arrive in about three weeks.
‘The Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. has made a real commitment to serve and protect its community,’ Hill said. ‘It is only one of roughly 7,000 fire departments from a pool of nearly 20,000 applicants that will receive these funds this year.
‘I am pleased the federal government has recognized their need for assistance and the good work they do for the people they serve.’
Lugar said two other grants totaling $256,000 were made to Indiana fire departments as well. The awards were the latest of some 2,000 totaling $125 million made in the past nine weeks.
The grant program is now under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Homeland Security.