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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – The Narragansett Fire Department will receive a $73,000 grant for equipment and training to detect hazardous gases that are sometimes present when fighting a fire.

The Town Council voted unanimously to accept the $73,850 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security at its Dec. 16 meeting.

The grant will help the fire department purchase advanced air monitoring equipment for the detection of hazardous gases encountered during fire suppression, overhaul and other potentially dangerous environments firefighters may encounter, Fire Chief Scott Partington said.

“This AFG award will also provide for enhanced National Fire Protection Association fire officer training for many of our firefighters to help educate and prepare them for future leadership roles,” Partington said.

The federal share of the grant is 95 percent, or $70,333.33 of the approved total amount. The non-federal or town’s share of the costs is 5 percent, or $3,516.67. The town funding will come from an account to pay for matching grants.

A breakdown of the funding shows that about $37,000 will be put toward equipment and supplies, while $29,000 will go toward training personnel.

Also Dec. 16, the council approved the fire department’s $32,000 purchase of the gas detection system, using the grant funds.

The gas detection system purchased includes two five-gas meters for the fire marshal’s and E-1 vehicles, six multi-gas meters and six combustible meters for each truck and seven single detectors for the rescue bags. The purchase will also include the software, compressed gas cannisters, regulators, cyanide meter calibration and training of the gas detection system, according to Partington.

The equipment will be purchased from Shipman’s Fire Equipment Co., Inc., in Waterford, Connecticut.

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