These upgrades are being made possible thanks to a second grant from the AFG (Assistance-Firefighters-Grant) program.
According to Corinth Fire Department Chief Lucky Briggs, the fire department was officially notified of the $140, 482 grant on June 1.
“We are very excited to finally be getting new air packs as they are vital to our work,” said Briggs. “We have needed them for quite some time because most of ours are in a state of disrepair and do not meet today’s minimum standards. Our 4 newest air packs were purchased in 2004 and many improvements have been made since then.”
The improvements have driven up the cost per air pack. Today, a typical air pack will set a department back approximately $5,100.
With shrinking and depleted budgets, the grant is a well-received blessing and a lifted burden for those struggling to secure the funds.
“In addition to new air packs, we will be able to purchase 20 new sections of badly needed large diameter supply hose and several sections of attack hose. The supply hose costs almost $700.00 a section,” said the chief. “Everything in the fire service is expensive, too expensive.”
“This is the second AFG grant we have received since I have been chief,” he added.
The grant was written by the departments Chief Grant Writer, John Beavers.
“John joined our department last year as our chief grant writer and has become a vital part of our team here at CFD,” said Briggs. “As long as the AFG program exists, we are going to continue to seek funding for additional equipment and other improvements for our department.”