The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 5, 2014

GOTL Fire Dept. benefits from grants

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Geneva-on-the-Lake Fire Department received two grants that will allow it to provide training classes and equipment upgrades.

The 2013-2014 EMS Ohio Grant award of $4250 allowed the department to hold an emergency responder class last summer and purchase new EMS equipment, said Andy Kaschalk, President of Geneva-on-the-Lake Fire Department, Inc.

The grant will also allow the department to replace the interior lights in a squad vehicle with LED lights. A new inverter was already installed in the squad vehicle, he said. Kaschalk is preparing to apply for the 2014-2015 EMS Ohio Grant. He said the department applies every year.

The second grant received was $132,000 awarded by the 2012-2013 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Kaschalk said, “It’s a highly competitive grant. They award about 6,000 grants a year when about 30,000 applications are submitted.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is federally funded and has been helping firefighters and first responders obtain equipment, gear, training, emergency vehicles, and other resources since 2001.

The grant will allow for fire training to a Level II certification. Kaschalk said that is the top firefighter certification, with 240 training hours.

It will also allow for new SCBA air packs and bottles, as well as an air pack fill station and installation, and EMS Capnography which is used for respiratory monitoring Kaschalk said.

“The training course will be taught here at the station, to our people, with our equipment, so when they’re done, they will know our stuff,” he said.

The grant is the second of its kind awarded to GOTL Fire Department since 2007.

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