First responders to receive state grants for equipment and training | Crime-Emergency

Lackawanna County first responders will share more than $ 750,000 to purchase equipment, provide training, and recruit and retain volunteers.

The state announced on Thursday the recipients of funding provided by the grant program for firefighters and emergency medical services. Overseen by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the program provides funding to volunteer and professional firefighters, emergency medical services and rescue teams.

The Scranton Fire Department, which will receive $ 13,480.96, will use the money to pay for new carbon monoxide meters, Fire Chief John Judge said.

The department responds to many calls of high levels of carbon monoxide, especially when people start heating their homes again when cold weather arrives. The meters will also be used to detect natural gas leaks or if anyone suspects a sewer gas back-up, the judge said.

In Jefferson Township, the Volunteer Fire Department will use its grant of $ 13,837.45 to pay for a trailer and rescue skid unit for an all-terrain utility vehicle, said Fire Chief Don Wallace.

The department often helps with rescues in an all-terrain vehicle fleet that borders the township. With the recent purchase of the UTV and now the trailer to transport it and the skate to help with rescues, volunteers will be better equipped.

“This has been a useful tool for our toolkit,” Wallace said.

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