Grant to fund new tanker for Industry Fire and Rescue

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INDUSTRY — A long awaited purchase of a new tanker is in sight for Industry Fire and Rescue after receiving word that it will receive $190,000 from the federal Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The 21-member department, including their Hot Shot program, currently has a squad truck, engine and a tanker, which was rebuilt from an old army truck, said Industry Fire Chief Joe Paradis Thursday. The tanker was received from the state’s Forestry Department almost 10 years ago and it’s not safe anymore, Paradis said.

“The fire service puts a lot of restrictions on homemade items. It’s time to update,” he said. “The last new vehicle purchased for the department was in 1988.”

At the time it acquired the rebuilt tanker, it had to take one unit out of service and the department has been applying for grants for years, he said.

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The local department will have to match the grant by 10 percent but it has the funds within their reserve account, he said. The amount is enough to cover the purchase and he hopes to see the new tanker here and being used within a couple months.

According to Rep. Mike Michaud, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, Industry Fire and Rescue and Mariaville Volunteer Fire Rescue Department will each receive $190,000 within the vehicle acquisition program. The program provides funding for items such as pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances and fire boats.

“Investments in our firefighters will improve safety by providing the best training, equipment and facilities we can offer,” Michaud said. “With additional resources, first responders can better serve the needs of our communities.”

Fire departments and EMS organizations can receive funding from the AFG program within two areas, the operations and safety program of the department or the vehicle acquisition program from which Industry has been awarded the grant funding.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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