LFD receives $50K DHS grant

When there is an emergency, firefighters should be properly prepared and equipped to respond. 

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $50,300 to the Lebanon Fire Department to purchase new equipment and improve their firefighter training program.

“Countless lives are saved every day by the courageous efforts of first responders – our nation’s firefighters, EMTs and police officers,” said Gordon, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “This DHS grant will allow the Lebanon Fire Department to do an even better job than they are already doing.”

The grant was awarded through the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The program was developed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment to improve their ability to protect the public and emergency personnel from fires and related hazards. The LFD will use the funds to purchase a mobile compressor, portable generators, lights, power saws, ventilation fans and other equipment.

“A portion of the award will go toward the purchase of equipment used to enhance daily operations and to allow our organization to voluntarily comply with national standards,” explained Lt. Mike Jones of the LFD. “The remainder of the funding will be used to purchase training programs, including computer training, DVDs, files for developing tests and printed lesson plans with PowerPoint.”

The LFD has provided fire, rescue and first responder emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of Lebanon since 1830 when it was first established.