Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Secures Federal Grant, October, 2017: The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $72,381, matched with $3,619 from the Department, will be used to replace the department’s aging Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment, extra air cylinders, and auxiliary fill equipment. A SCBA, sometimes called an “air pack,” consists of a backpack and a facemask that allows firefighters to breathe safely in toxic and extremely hot environments by supplying them with air from a cylinder worn on the firefighter’s back.  Lars Lund, President of the department, said “This grant is vitally important to a small department like ours. The cost of replacing this equipment exceeds our annual budget. Without this grant, we would be unable to meet all of our fiscal needs.”

The new equipment will meet the latest specifications outlined by the National Fire Protection Association, which sets standards for fire service equipment. “This is a significant upgrade for us,” said Jon Weiss, Chief of the department. “The new equipment offers a range of improvements that make our volunteer firefighters more effective, and also much safer,” explained Weiss. For more information visit www.pawletfire.org.

The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is an all-volunteer emergency response agency tasking with responding to fires, vehicle accidents, rescues, and other hazardous situations in Pawlet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department also responds to neighboring communities through a system of mutual aid.

To learn more about the Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, visit www.pawletfire.org.