Fire department gets federal grant

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department has been awarded a $276,000 Assistance to Fire Fighting Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley, in an announcement to the township board.

The grant will be used to purchase Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The award total also requires s a 10% share match from the Township.

This grant will replace 42 SCBA units, a breathing air compressor and a fill station currently used by the fire fighters, Burkley said. The current SCBA units are 15 years old and are failing with about one-third out of service along with the SCBA tanks expiring in September 2017.

This is the second AFG grant Flint Township has received. The first was in 2012 for the Training Trailer, which is being used intensely by area fire fighters, Burkley said.

“We are very thankful we received this grant,” he said. “Every little bit helps with tight budgets.”

Flint Township is one of few in the county to receive the grant, he said. He credited the success of receiving it to grant writer Barb Breen of Breen’s Professional Service with whom he worked on wording the grant application. This is the first time Flint Township fire has hired a grant writer, he said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller also thanked Breen, who was present at the township board meeting She was asked to stand and received applause.

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A federal grant will help the fire department pay for new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA).

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