Thompson Announces $126,825 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to Bradford City Fire Department

May 5, 2010

Washington, D.C.—The Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $126,825 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the Bradford City Fire Department, according to U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard.

“The primary goal of these grants is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments,” said Thompson.  “They help departments like Bradford’s to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles and other resources needed to protect the public and the firefighters.”

Bradford Fire Chief Boo Coder listed the equipment the Department plans to purchase with this grant.  “We will buy a Stryker stair chair for $4500, three Stryker power cots at $15,000 each, protective clothing washer and dryer at $12,000 each, and four ventilators for each of our four ambulances at $15,000 each, for a total of $133,500.”  The Department is expected to contribute about $6,000 to uphold their end of the grant.

Coder explained that the Stryker stair chair enables them to bring a patient down from upper stories without having to physically carry them.  A power cot similarly can raise itself after the patient is placed on it.

“This equipment will be a godsend.  Our firefighters sustain back injuries all of the time.  This will make our job a lot easier and diminish our compensation claims,” Coder said.