By SHELLEY TERRY - firstname.lastname@example.org
SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —
Saybrook Township Fire Department was awarded $41,510 in federal funding to purchase new equipment.
The fire department will use the money to buy five new diesel exhaust capture systems on five vehicles: two fire trucks, two ambulances and one water rescue vehicle.
The project’s total cost came to $43,695, so the fire department’s share came to $2,185, or 5 percent, Fire Chief John Jyurovat said.
The new systems are “no smoke, diesel exhaust caps,” he said.
Jyurovat said Capt. Dave Whitaker was instrumental in getting the grant.
“He wrote it and did all the follow-up,” the chief said.
The funding was made possible by the 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which assists local fire departments in programs and activities to improve the effectiveness of fire fighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks, enhancement of emergency medial service programs and development of health and safety initiatives and equipment and facility upgrades.
The grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency and provides an opportunity for local government to receive federal tax dollars back to their communities for specific projects relating to fire and EMS.