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Fire departments get $215G in federal grants

A Lynbrook firefighter displays protective gear to students

A Lynbrook firefighter displays protective gear to students on Oct. 7, 2014. Lynbrook and two other communities recently received more than $215,000 in federal grants to buy new equipment. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Fire departments in Floral Park, Bellerose Terrace and Lynbrook have received federal grants worth a total of more than $215,000.

The Floral Park Centre Fire Company received two separate grants for a diesel exhaust system and a new fire truck, Chief Martin Tolan said. The grants are for about $27,000 and $93,000, respectively.

The diesel exhaust system will vent fire truck emissions from the firehouse. The funds for a new fire truck will help the company replace a 30-year-old engine.

“It’s reached its useful service,” Tolan said. “You want your guys to have the best thing, the best possible equipment you can have.”

It’s unusual for the same department to receive two individual grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to the Mineola-based Grant Guys, which wrote the grant applications for all three departments.

In Bellerose Terrace, the fire department received a $77,000 grant for 10 sets of protective firefighting gear and eight breathing packs, Chief Jerry Keating said.

The grant will be used to buy new equipment to replace gear and packs that are nearly a decade old.

“They have a life span and they’re coming to an end,” Keating said.

The Lynbrook Fire Department was awarded a $20,000 grant to purchase a new specialized washer and dryer for removing contaminants from firefighters’ gear, Chief Carl Lengel said.

A standard washer or dryer cannot handle the job, and the gear must be cleaned after every fire “so we’re not exposed to this stuff unnecessarily,” Lengel said.

The new washer would be able to hold about four sets of gear and the dryer can deal with five sets. The dryer also can clean a fire hose, Lengel said.

“We want to keep our gear free of contaminants all the time,” he said.

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