NORTH POLE - A $117,772 federal grant to the North Pole Fire Department will provide new equipment for the full-time and volunteer firefighters.
"It's a very nice chunk of money," Chief Buddy Lane said. "We're very happy."
Lane applied for the money in March, hoping to replace worn-out gear. Some of the clothing and other equipment was a decade old, Lane said.
"We can buy coats, pants, boots and upgrade all our air packs and cylinders," he said. Also on the shopping list are a thermal imaging camera, communication devices, an air compressor and testing equipment for the air packs. Some funds will be used to expand the firefighters' exercise room so they can stay in good physical condition.
The money comes to the department from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. The agencies provided a similar grant for $67,104 for the Ketchikan Fire Department.