Roswell seeks fire grant, OKs donation of old gear

Roswell is seeking a $19,667 grant to help fund the purchase of five turnout gear dryers for the Fire Department. CITY OF ROSWELL
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Roswell is seeking a $19,667 grant to help fund the purchase of five turnout gear dryers for the Fire Department. CITY OF ROSWELL

The Roswell City Council has approved applying for a $19,667 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to help purchase five turnout gear dryers for the fire stations.

The grant is a component of the city’s Cancer Prevention Program, according to a staff report to the council. Turnout coats and pants become impregnated with carcinogens when firefighters are in burning buildings, requiring the gear to be thoroughly decontaminated and rinsed after use.

The grant will supplement $27,500 allocated by the city in the FY 2019 budget to acquire the machines.

In other Fire Department matters, the council approved donating 120 sets of out-of-date turnout gear to the Gilmer County Fire Department. Gilmer requested the donation for its Explorer program and releases Roswell from any liability, staff said.