Thank you Commissioner!
The members of Centerville Fire/Rescue would like to thank our Fire Commissioner Kate Johnson Keep for her ongoing support to the fire department. In the past twelve years, she has helped keep the department current in required updates of firefighting equipment and training.
In 2013, she completed an application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The fire department was awarded a grant for over $29,000.00 for new turn out gear (pants and coats) to replace the gear that no longer met current standards.
In 2014, she again applied for an AFG grant for $110,000.00 for new breathing apparatus to replace that which no longer met current standards. The fire department was awarded a grant for $62,000.00 to replace half of our breathing apparatus.
In 2015, Kate again applied for the AFG grant to replace the remaining breathing apparatus. In September of 2015, the department was notified that they would be receiving a grant for $103,000.00 to replace the old breathing apparatus and for a compressor to fill the bottles.
All of the old equipment did not meet current standards when replaced and would have been required to be replaced by the town. The grant funds are very much needed by the town. Without this grant, the town would have had to come up with the funds on their own to replace this equipment. Thanks again to Kate Johnson Keep for all the assistance in the past and the future!
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