Fire department awarded grant for gear and equipment

BAR HARBOR — A U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant announced late last month will provide 21 full sets of turnout gear for firefighters here, more than 5,000 feet of replacement fire hose and workout equipment, Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said.

“It’s a federal grant with a town match of 5 percent. The grant total is $90,006,” he said.

The grant will buy the department 3,000 feet of 5-inch hose and 2,600 feet of 2.5-inch attack hose, Bartlett said. The 5-inch hose is to replace hose that was bought in the late 1980s and 90s. The existing 2.5-inch hose is much older, dating to the 1960s and 70s.

“Everybody’s very excited,” Bartlett said. “Personal protection for the guys is the most important thing, but that 5-inch hose was up there as a need, and that need is getting addressed.”

Firefighters Basil Mahaney, Josh Farrar and Tommy Chisholm (now of the Bangor Fire Department) did most of the work to prepare the application, Bartlett said. “They put all the numbers together, they did the narrative, they got prices and filled out all the paperwork. They did all the work.”

The town council is set to vote next week on whether to accept the grant.

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