We have received word today that Lafayette is the proud recipient of a large regional federal grant. Through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program Lafayette will be sharing the $494,500 grant with the Witmer, Upper Leacock and Gap Fire Companies. Our grant will fund a total replacement of our aging self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and facepieces. At Lafayette, 24 “air packs” will be purchased along with enough facepieces for each individual firefighter. Our current breathing apparatus were purchased in 2005 and have been used hard and are in dire need of replacement. Our new SCBA will come with increased safety features and new user technology. Members have begun researching SCBA manufacturers so that we can purchase the best possible protection for our members while making an educated and financially responsible purchase. Lafayette is no stranger to the federal grant program as this is the 6th grant we have received in just 5 years. This program allows us to purchase modern and functional firefighting equipment without placing financial burden on our fire company or our community. Over the past few years we have successfully been awarded grants for:
- A cache of Rapid Intervention equipment including rope and rope rescue hardware
- All new attack fire hose, nozzles, foam eductors and suction hose
- A new Thermal Imaging Camera
- Our Current Hurst hydraulic rescue tool system
- All new turn-out gear (38 sets)
- A SAFER grant for recruitment and retention
- Mobile Data Terminals in the apparatus
- a 2.285 Million dollar grant for the construction of our fire station
- SCBA replacement and purchase of a compressor and fill station (2005)
Lafayette was also part of a regional grant awarded to Lancaster County for the purchase of mobile radios in our apparatus when our new county radio system was implemented.
Lafayette was also awarded a smaller private grant earlier this year which will be used to purchase safety equipment and traffic control devices to be carried on our Squad 63-2 which is used by our fire police for emergency incidents.