The Harris Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $39,067. Widseth Smith Nolting assisted the fire department and Fire Chief Henry Gregoire with their grant application, helping them obtain the funds necessary to purchase 10 full sets of turnout equipment and a washer-extractor.
Chief Henry Gregoire stated, “We currently have turnout gear that is ill-fitting, unclean, and unsafe for our firefighters, and no washer-extractor to clean them. This grant will allow us to purchase new turnout gear, along with a modern washer-extractor. This will enable us to better take care of our inventory and keep our firefighters properly protected during emergency situations.”
The Harris Fire Department provides fire suppression and medical assistance to over 1,130 residents in its first response area and another 2,300 residents of adjacent townships. Fire and safety protection are also provided to 13 senior housing units and a group home within the city. They maintain mutual aid agreements with six departments, expanding their protection area to more than 1,000 square miles.
AFG is a program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/firegrants.