Photo: AJC File
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Firefighters in N. Fulton get $6K grant for training masks

The Milton First Responders Foundation awarded a $6,000 grant to the Milton Fire-Rescue Department for the purchase of 60 masks that will help the firefighters train for dangerous situations.

The grant allows every firefighter in the department to receive one of these training masks, made by a Texas-based company, BlastMask.

The BlastMask Training Regulators, according to Milton Assistant Fire Marshal Alex Fortner, help firefighters “gain confidence” and increase performance by “restricting oxygen consumption” and simulating real-world use of a self-contained breathing apparatus.

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“… This training-aid purchase helps our firefighters to provide the highest level of service possible, while also supporting the mission and vision of the Milton Fire-Rescue Department and the MFRF,” Fortner said in a statement. “The continued support from the MFRF and the Milton community is simply amazing and greatly appreciated.”

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The Milton First Responders Foundation, a nonprofit group, created the grant through donations and fundraisers. All of the profits from fundraising events are used to support its mission, which is to provide financial support for Milton first responders and to purchase supplementary equipment and training materials.

The foundation’s premier fundraising event, the 3rd Annual MFRF Golf Tournament, is coming up on Oct. 23. For more information, visit

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Roswell police Chief Rusty Grant says his department was touched by the families’ gratitude.

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