7/24/2014 10:24:00 AM CFFD gets $54,340 grant for new gear
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls Fire Department has received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for $54,340 to help fund the purchase of new gear. The city council authorized at its July 15 meeting the spending of a 5% local cost share ($2,860) as required by the grant. That money will come from the FD equipment fund.
The purchase will include 30 full sets of "turnout gear": helmet, jacket, hood, pants, boots and gloves.
Most of the current gear is about 12 years old, said Chief John Miller. Miller said up-to-date equipment helps in maintaining the CFFD ISO rating, which for insurance purposes keeps homeowners rates down.
Miller gave thanks to Jeromy Mouw who has handled grant applications in recent years for the CFFD. This is the third year in a row the CFFD has received a FEMA grant. The grants, over $300,000 in total, have also helped purchase new pagers, self-contained breathing apparatus, extrication tools and now the new gear.
Assistant city administrator Lanell Endres said the grants are just amazing and thanked Miller and Mouw for the work done to obtain them.