SUMMIT– Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt and local fire officials announced Monday that the Summit Fire Department received a $31,802 federal security grant.
Specifically, Lance announced that federal funds will allow the Summit Fire Department to purchase personal firefighter escape systems for all firefighting members of the department.
“Summit firefighters work day and night to protect our community,” Lance said. “These important federal funds will help protect these first responders as they carry out their important jobs in public safety.”
Local fire officials noted the personal escape systems will add a new measure of confidence for fire personnel while conducting search and rescue operations under high heat and smoke conditions.
“These escape systems are vital to the safety and welfare of our members while operating under hazardous conditions during structural fires,” said Chief Joseph Houck. “The equipment will also enhance our ability to provide rapid intervention company services to our automatic and mutual aid partners. Members will be provided with a viable option should a rapid bailout situation be encountered due to deteriorating interior conditions.”
“The Summit Fire Department has a strong commitment to firefighter safety and these important federal funds will contribute to this important goal,” said Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt. “We would also like to thank Congressman Lance for his strong support for the entire Summit community and our hard working firefighters.”
Governmental and community leaders also participated in the event.
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