Ross Caruso

Dresden Fire Department receives new line of equipment

by Ross Caruso on November 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Zanesville, Ohio- The Dresden Volunteer Fire Department received a grant fund from the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), which funded over $225,000 to purchase new equipment for the department.

Photo Courtesty of Dresden Fire Department
Photo Courtesy: Dresden Fire Department

Captain Matt Salmons said that a lot of their self-contained breathing apparatus’ were out of date and needed replaced.

“Our current stock was 13 years old,” said Salmons.  “We were awarded that grant in July of this year and we purchased 33 new air packs, a bottle for each of them, plus a spare.”

Salmons said they also received 38 face masks, 38 voice amplifiers for each mask, and a pack tracking device.  He said that they never had a tracking device before, which will allow them to locate a down firefighter during an emergency.

“We wear the packs during structure fires, gas leaks and incidents that require us to be on fresh air when the atmosphere is dangerous.  It’s a great asset to our department.  We were very lucky to receive this grant.”

All of the new equipment was placed in service on Monday and is ready to serve the community.