CGFD Receives Grant for New Safety Equipment

Fire Marshal Brian Shaffer

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was awarded a grant for crucial safety equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Richard Ennis said the grant reflects the Fire Department’s continued commitment to the safety of its personnel, as well as the fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

The grant funding will be used to purchase replacement structural firefighting clothing for half of the firefighters, reflective safety jackets for all of the personnel, reflective traffic safety signs and cones for setting up safe work zones along highway incidents and training materials to formalize fire apparatus driver and operator training program.

The federal grant program is set up as a 10 percent match where the Cape Girardeau Fire Department will receive $86,550 for investing $9,616. Each year the fire department budgets $25,000 from the Public Safety Trust Fund for firefighter safety equipment. The $9,616 match will come from the fund.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the 2011 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) to be used for an assortment of firefighter safety materials and equipment on Jan. 13. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Visit their website for more information: http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/