BRUNSWICK –– The Brunswick Fire Department will receive new air packs purchased with a federal grant, according to the Brunswick fire chief.
Fire Chief James Baird said during Monday’s City Council meeting that the department received a Fire Act Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The federal grant provides financial assistance to fire departments across the country to help them stay updated and buy the tools they need.
The grant is for $165,544.
“We’re replacing air packs and each pack has a tank, and then we’re going to get a few extra tanks. But, basically we are replacing the existing packs, which is 28,” said Baird.
Baird said the National Fire Protection Association guideline suggests packs get updated about once every five years.
After about three updates, or 15 years, the packs need to be replaced.
“In 2019, we will be past the point where they are upgraded to where they need to be. So, with this 2018 grant, we will be able to meet that 2019 deadline,” said Baird.
The announcement came one day before firefighters and law enforcement officials across the country gather to remember those lost Sept. 11, 2001.
Police Chief Brian Ohlin said the anniversary of 9/11 is a time to remember what law enforcement does to keep communities safe.
Ohlin said police departments rely on community members to report anything suspicious that they may witness with the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
“See Something, Say Something,” encourages citizens to protect their communities by encouraging awareness.
He also encouraged community members to download the Safer Ohio App, which allows residents to report suspicious behaviors or incidents to Ohio Homeland Security over the phone.