Nags Head Fire and Rescue receives additional federal grant funding to replace critical safety gear

Published 8:27 am Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Town of Nags Head’s Fire and Rescue Department has received additional federal grant funding to replace critical firefighter safety gear.

In August 2020, the town announced that it had received a large grant awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. Funding of $290,466 was awarded to Nags Head Fire and Rescue, with a grant match of $14,524 from the town.

Due to cost savings on the initial gear purchased with the grant funds, Nags Head Fire and Rescue was able to amend their grant and was awarded $40,813 with a town match of $2,040 to purchase additional gear.

“We appreciate both the generosity and the flexibility shown to our department by those managing the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program,” said Nags Head Fire Chief Randy Wells. “With this recent award, we’ll be able purchase additional equipment to provide our firefighters with the best possible tools for protecting our town.”

The department added the following items to its scope of work due to substantial savings from the original award:

  • Fill/containment station with cascade bottles
  • Quantitative fit testing machine
  • Twelve 30-minute self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles
  • Two emergency air supply systems (RIT packs)

Awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, the primary goal of the grant is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations and state fire training academies.

“Our staff is incredibly diligent and economical when it comes to spending money,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. “Grant proceeds are no exception. I am pleased that FEMA has been flexible enough with their grant process to reward those who make smart use of their generous grants.”

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