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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Somerville Firefighters Better Equipped wth $185,000 Federal Grant

News of the grant was announced yesterday by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) during a visit to the Somerville Fire Museum where he met with town officials and officers of the fire department. Lance was instrumental in supporting the borough’s application for FEMA funding through that agency’s Assistance to Firefighters program.

The monies will be used to replace outdated self-contained breathing apparatus, or (SCBA). Known more commonly as air packs, these air cylinder, regulator and mask units provide breathable air during firefighting operations.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Fire Department Gets Major Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the city a grant covering 90 percent of the anticipated $498,000 cost to purchase a new engine, which would become the Fire Department’s primary pumper.

Replacing Engine 3 Engine 3 will allow Engine 1, a 1996 pumper that is currently the department’s front-line option, to become the reserve engine.

The older Engine 3 has open rear seats, which does not meet modern safety standards. There have also been mechanical issues that have made it difficult for the vehicle to meet state inspection standards.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Champaign's (IL) New Custom-Designed Firetruck Ready For Its First Call

The 107-foot 2018 Ferrara aerial ladder truck has a front bumper like no other. Housing 100-foot hydraulic reels with hydraulic rescue tools — similar to the Jaws of Life — the bumper will ensure the ladder is ready for anything if it's first on the scene, Ludwig said.

Tools to cut through a steering wheel, pop a door open or split a car roof tap into the ladder's internal 10,000-watt generator. And with four high-powered LED floodlights, a midnight interstate wreck can be as fully lighted and serviceable as in broad daylight.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Palm Bay (FL) Fire Rescue Engine Dedication Ceremony Set For Saturday at 10 a.m. |

The City of Palm Bay has purchased two new fire engines this year thanks to federal grant money awarded to the city. Earlier this year PBFR welcomed a new engine and tender truck to their fleet thanks to funding from the Community Development Block Grant.

This latest engine purchase comes because of funding received from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, with was a 10 percent match from the city.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Firefighter Earns Atlanta (GA) Fire Rescue Scholarship

Lt. Michael Boyce

Atlanta (GA) Fire Rescue Department Lt. Michael Boyce is the recipient of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Scholarship, an opportunity afforded to him by his fire department and Columbia Southern University (CSU). Through his scholarship, he now has the opportunity to improve his firefighting knowledge and chances for promotion. And that’s only the beginning for this eager fire officer.   

“The CSU program will equip me with the information relevant to fire service best practices as a whole. My college experience will expose me to the executive level issues and decision-making skills required to be highly effective,” he said.

Boyce works in the Inspections Section of Community Risk Reduction. His department handles building inspections and fire code enforcements throughout Atlanta.

This scholarship, which is in its second year, was established for Atlanta Fire Rescue personnel. It will cover Boyce’s tuition for a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from CSU.

“This scholarship gives me the ultimate chance for success. I will not have to work overtime to pay for school,” he said. “The long, extended hours can be used to study and provide a greater future for my family, career and the citizens of Atlanta.”

This year, Columbia Southern University celebrates its 25th anniversary. As a pioneer in online education, CSU was established in 1993 to provide an alternative to the traditional university experience. CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees such as business administration, criminal justice, fire administration and occupational safety and health. Visit or call (877) 347-6050 to learn more.


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