LIVERMORE — Select board members learned Monday night that the Fire Department was awarded a $10,000 grant to purchase equipment.
The money will be used to outfit the squad and medic crews with new equipment, including five medical jump kits and five radios. Ben Guild said the radios will improve communication with NorthStar ambulance, dispatchers and other officials.
Other additions include a Stokes basket, a flotation device, equipment bags, and hand-held LED lights. Guild said the department is identifying what needs to be fixed or replaced so all trucks are fully stocked and equipped.
An earlier Maine Municipal Association Risk Management grant for $4,000 was used to purchase turnout gear, and a Poland Spring Water Co. grant has provided bottled water for the department.
Other grants applied for include one to Franklin Savings Bank that would permit the purchase of a Rapid Intervention Pack and one to Maine Municipal Association to obtain a gas meter. The Rapid Intervention Pack provides an additional hour’s worth of oxygen during extrication attempts for a trapped firefighter.
Fire Chief Don Castonguay thanked Administrative Assistant Carrie Castonguay and Fire Department members Ben Guild and Justin Shink for their grant-writing efforts.
Board members also learned Engine One had to have a new exhaust system and work done on the brakes. The engine is 11 years old and the exhaust had rusted out. Engine Two needed a little brake work and the forestry truck needed a new coil and wiring due to a skipping problem.
The squad truck will have an oil change and its yearly checkup this week, which will include checking alternator problems.
Castonguay also plans to work on mapping and learning area roads better, especially the camp roads.
Due to the fire station problems in Livermore Falls, Castonguay said Livermore will be responding as much as possible.
“With their trucks in Jay, Livermore Falls will have a slower response time,” Castonguay said.