Savannah fire awarded 2 federal grants

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire and Emergency Services received two federal grants for its hazardous materials capabilities.

SFES received of two grants totaling $273,000 from the Department of Homeland Security through the Port Security Grant Program. The funding will enable the department to purchase state-of-the-art air monitoring equipment and specialized fire suppression equipment, according to SFES.

SFES Special Operations Division Chief James Vickers said the $95,000 grant will be used to purchase Hazardous Gas and Vapor Identifier meters which will be used to monitor atmospheric conditions to identify hazardous gasses and/or vapors at an incident, according to a news release. The grant would also cover training for the HGVI monitors for all three shifts.

The other $178,000 grant is for a Foam/Agent Trailer and a Prime Hauler. The trailer will utilize fire suppression foam, which has already been purchased utilizing department Hazmat funds, to battle blazes originating from fuel sources, according to SFES.

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