MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. -- The Mahopac Falls Fire Department is doing what it can to keep residents safe thanks to some timely grants.
The Mahopac Falls Fire Department received a state grant for its Underwater Search and Rescue Team that went for the purchase of communication capabilities to help rescue someone in the water. Funds were additionally received from the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Grant funds for the purchase of new dry suits, personal floatation vests, necessary for the safety of the diver, flashlights, ropes, and many other everyday items that were nearing the end of their lifespan.
In February, the fire department allocated funds for two chest compression units, one for each ambulance. These units supply a consistent compression to the patient during CPR freeing up the EMT or medic to provide attention to the full care of the patient, the fire department said.
A new tanker/pumper was purchased and delivered with department funds to replace a tanker that was over 20 years old.
A grant was also received from FEMA to purchase 35 new sets of turnout gear which includes bunker cats, bunker pants, helmets, boots, and gloves to replace aging and outdated equipment, the fire department said.
The department also voted to bring back a Fire Prevention Safety House, after hearing of the fond memories people had learning about fire safety from firefighters. The safety house will open in December.
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