Dummerston Fire to replace hoses, nozzles


Reformer staff

WEST DUMMERSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending $67,000 to the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department so it can purchase new hoses and nozzles.

According to Assistant Chief Richard Cogliano, who wrote the grant request, the current hoses and nozzles range from 20 to 50 years old, beyond their useful life. This grant will allow the West Dummerston Fire Department to replace the antiquated hose and nozzles with new equipment that meets the current safety standards.

"This grant represents nearly 75 percent of our annual operating budget," Cogliano stated in a press release. "As with other grants, this is something we could not have funded on our own."

The total cost of the project is budgeted at $70,400, which includes the $67,048 in federal funds and a local match of 5 percent, or $3,352.

This grant is funded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The primary goal of the grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

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Eligible applicants include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and State Fire Training Academies. The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency's responsibility to manage their grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA Fire Program Specialists.

The department was awarded two Assistance to Firefighters Grants last year for thermal imaging cameras and a new Brush Truck, and three prior awards in 2003, 2009 and 2010 to replace personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus.

The cumulative total of these grants is $354,184.

The West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department provides firefighting services and emergency medical first response to the town of Dummerston, which has a population of 1,984 people. The department also provides mutual aid to surrounding communities in Vermont and New Hampshire, covering approximately 789 square miles.

There are currently 30 active members of the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department.

The department, which is expecting a new engine to be delivered in 2019, moved into its new station in Dummerston Center last fall.


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