RIPLEY, OHIO – The Ripley Fire Department received a grant recently to fund new equipment.
“We had some help from a grant writer while we were applying for the grant. We were feeling pretty confident we would get the grant but at the same time we didn’t know for sure. Now, were pleased to say that we can upgrade our equipment. We are very grateful and excited to receive this grant,” said Fire Chief Tony Pfeffer.
According to Pfeffer, the grant will allow the department to replace its soft container breathing apparatuses, which are also known as air packs. The air packs they have now are 17 years old and were due for an upgrade, he said.
The grant was sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and according to its website “The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters. This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiency’s, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”
The fire department will receive all new equipment which will include 20 new air packs, 20 spare bottles, and 30 face pieces. The equipment will meet the current 2018 National Fire Protection Association standards. Each firefighter will receive one of their own.