Clarkdale Fire awarded grant for water tender-pumper

CLARKDALE -- The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last week it will award a grant to Clarkdale Fire District for a much-needed water tender/pumper. The total purchase price of the new tender will be $221,760, with $210,672 being funded by the grant.

To transport water for fire suppression to areas of the District that do not have a municipal water supply, the District currently has two 1987 converted construction water tankers, one of which is on loan to the Town of Clarkdale Public Works Department. Chief Joe Moore stated that District personnel train regularly, and are proficient in shuttling, dumping and drafting water for fire suppression, but replacing the 27 year-old tankers with one, new tender/pumper designed for fire suppression will be a significant improvement in efficiency.

Clarkdale Fire District has been applying to AFG for a few years for a new first-out engine, unsuccessfully. In November, the District moved in another direction by purchasing a used 8-year-old engine with huge cost savings to taxpayers. With the replacement of the engine completed, the next priority was a new water tender/pumper for which the District applied to AFG in Dec. 2013. Chief Moore stated "We are very excited that we were awarded this grant on our first attempt, this was a much-needed piece of equipment for our community."

The AFG is a component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards by providing grants to first-responder organizations for equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

-- Contact the reporter at jhutchinson@verdenews.com

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