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Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss Announces Fire Department To Replace 10-Year Old Breathing Mechanisms

Irvington, NJ, July 31, 2014:

Irvington Township will receive 28 self-contained breathing apparatuses to replace outdated equipment that no longer meets National Fire Protection Association standards, and for which maintenance and upkeep costs have been estimated as high as $40,000 annually.

Ninety percent of the funding, or $157,878, for the new equipment comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), a unit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The local share of the funding comes to $17,542.

“We are very appreciative of the grant provided to the Township of Irvington by FEMA,” said Mayor Tony Vauss.  “The safety of our firefighters and our citizens is of utmost importance to us.  These funds will go a long way in promoting this goal.”

“Our training dictates that we must preserve all that is valuable in this community, which means ensuring that we can trust our equipment,” says Irvington Fire Director John Brown.  He went on to say that “between 2010 and 2012 the department worked an average of 250 structural fires a year – almost three fires every four days, and we depend on this equipment in every one of these incidents.”

Among other features, “The new breathing equipment will enable individual Township firefighters to read displays of remaining breathing air,” explains Irvington Deputy Fire Chief Wuest.  He points out also that the new equipment will save the department up to some $40,000 in maintenance costs.

Serving some 54,000 residents, the Irvington Township Fire Department currently employs 114 full-time career firefighters who work 24-hours on, 72-hours off shifts.  The department has three stations and staffs four engine companies and two ladder companies at all times.

FEMA’s AFG program has been aiding firefighters and other first responders since 2001.  “The program provides critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards,” said Tania Hedlund, FEMA’s Grants Branch Chief.

For information please call: Deputy Fire Chief Wuest at 973-399-6508.

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