CHFD receives grant

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Chapel Hill Fire Department has been awarded a grant for new rescue equipment this year. Totaling $24,000, the grant allows firefighters to serve the community more efficiently by having the proper equipment.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program awarded the Chapel Hill Fire Department a grant in the amount of $24,000 for rescue equipment. The grant is a 95/5 match, with the federal government funding $22,858 and Chapel Hill funding $1,142. The grant is for the purchase of a complete set of vehicle rescue extrication equipment, sometimes referred to as the ‘Jaws of Life’.

Recent federal crash test standards and fuel efficiency requirements have led automobile manufacturers to use ultra-high strength steel in most vehicles. These new metals cannot be cut with older extrication equipment. The new equipment Chapel Hill will place in service will be rated to cut, spread, pry and move these ultra-high strength alloys, reducing scene times and giving trapped victims better chances for survival.

“We are very excited about this grant,” Chief Stout of the Chapel Hill Fire Department said. “It allowa us to continue to improve our level of service, moving forward and serving the Chapel Hill community by ensuring we have the proper equipment necessary to perform our job.”