HAHIRA -- The Hahira Fire Department is updating its equipment with a $46,364 grant from the Office of Domestic Preparedness, said Fire Chief Dwight Bennett.
The ODP is an agreement with the State Homeland Security Program for Fiscal Year 2004. To receive the grant, the Hahira Fire Department had to agree to respond and support elements for the Homeland Security. The funds will be used to buy a cascade system for the air packs employed by Hahira firefighters. The portable system will be mounted on a 12-foot trailer. The trailer will contain nine air bottles that can hold up to 4,500 psi, Bennett said.
Bennett also asked for some modifications to the trailer. He wants four corner light towers to light up the scene, and two generators. One generator will be responsible for lighting and powering equipment and the other will be located at the Hahira Fire Department that will provide emergency power if needed.
"The cascade system will be able to fill about 80 air packs worn by the firefighters," Bennett said. "The funding will be allow us to order the system that will be made at Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Bennett expects the trailer and cascade system to be delivered and ready to operate in about three months. About six weeks ago, Hahira and the fire department ordered a brand new fire truck. The vehicle is supposed to arrive in July or August, Bennett said.
"Mayor Myron Crowe and the City Council have been very instrumental and supportive of the building and modernization of the Hahira Fire Department," Bennett said.
Last December, the Hahira Fire Department was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency for approximately $67,000, which was used to purchase firefighting gear and state-of-the-art air packs. It also purchased a thermal imagery camera to locate victims and locate hot spots.
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