Tonto Basin Fire Department Gets Grant

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The Tonto Basin Fire Department has federal money coming to buy some much-needed equipment.

"Most of our equipment was donated, and this will help replace obsolete or substandard equipment," Administrative Assistant Vicky Foltz said.

Foltz, who also is an emergency medical technician and firefighter with the department, wrote the grant. She submitted the request in April, and this week it was announced the department will get an $11,929 Assistance to Firefighters grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The department must match 10 percent of the money, or $1,325.

"The money will be used for ladders, hoses, ventilation fans and adapters to expand our hose capacity," Foltz said.

The department has only one hose that works with its equipment, and it is getting worn. The others don't have the right threading, so they can't be used without special adapters.

"This equipment will bring us into voluntary compliance with the standards of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)," Foltz said.

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