Anderson News

Posted on: July 28, 2017

Anderson Fire Department Receives Grant of $281,781

Anderson Fire Department Receives Grant of $281,781

ANDERSON – IN – Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr. and Anderson Fire Chief, David Cravens announced today that the City of Anderson Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $281,781 from the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program that is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.


The announcement of the award was made through the offices of Senator Joe Donnelly and Congresswoman Susan Brooks.  The city will provide $28,000.00 as a match to the award. The grant award and match will be used to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that will replace older equipment that is at the end of its useful life. Chief Cravens explained that, “SCBA is among the most important and widely used tools in fire service today.”


Its use gives expanded capabilities to firefighters when fighting fires, performing searches or performing HAZMAT or technical rescue operations.”  The device worn by firefighters, provide breathable air during such operations.  Mayor Broderick stated, “Chief Cravens and I agreed early on to make it a priority to replace aging fire equipment to ensure that our firefighters have safest equipment possible.  Our firefighters risk their lives to protect ours. We owe to them to have safe equipment.”


Cravens stated, “Because of the age and condition of the equipment we were going to have to replace the SCBA this year, and now because of this grant we can replace the equipment while saving local tax dollars. This shows the continued commitment from the administration toward the safety of our frontline firefighters, while demonstrating the fiscal responsibility from our front office to do more with less using federal money instead of local tax dollars.”


The grant process started in February and took several months to be awarded. Mayor Broderick stated, “I am proud of Chief Cravens and his staff who worked hard on applying for and securing this grant.  I am also grateful for the support of Senator Donnelly and Representative Brooks for their efforts made on our behalf.”


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