Pennsylvania Rescue Squad Receives FEMA ‘Assistance to Firefighters’ Grant to Purchase Airon Ventilators
January 30, 2012
Pennsylvania Rescue EMS

Levittown – Congressman Fitzpatrick on Monday will join Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad Executive Director Steve Hare as well as other members of the company and the Levittown community to announce the awarding of a federal grant. The competitive grant of $46,856 was awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agencies’ Assistant to Firefighters Grant Program and will be used to purchase personal protective gear including rescue coats, pants, and helmets. The grant will also fund the purchase of specialized ventilator units. “It is critical that our first responders have the tools necessary to protect our community,” Fitzpatrick said. “With this new rescue gear for our EMT’s and paramedics in Levittown, we can have confidence that they will be protected while saving lives. I am proud to stand with and support first responders like those here at the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad who put their lives on the line every day to help others.”

Hare also stressed the importance of equipping the EMT’s and paramedics with new personal protective equipment. “This grant allows us to make critical protective equipment upgrades that will help protect those tasked with serving our community.”

The new rescue gear is designed to protect the EMT or paramedic from twisted steel, broken glass, and infectious material while treating a victim of a car crash or other highly dangerous incident. The new ventilator units will allow LFHRS paramedics to improve their ability to treat patients with severe respiratory emergencies.
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