BROOMALL, PA – Firefighters at the Broomall Fire Company will be better prepared to handle emergency water incidents with a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
According to State Representative Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware), the fire company was chosen for a grant of $ 15,000 for water rescue equipment and training.
The funds will help the volunteer service to purchase drysuits. Drysuits help firefighters respond to standing and quick water rescues, as their typical equipment is not suitable for these situations.
The funding will also help cover the training of a certified water rescue training provider.
âAs the daughter of a Philadelphia firefighter, ensuring that first responders have all the tools they need to do their jobs effectively and help those in crisis is one of my top priorities as a legislator, âO’Mara said. âI know this grant will be of great help to the Broomall Fire Company and strengthen its capacity to respond to those affected by the floods. This will be of particular benefit to residents who live along Darby Creek and need emergency services after a major storm.
Broomall Fire Company President Jim Capuzzi thanked O’Mara for sponsoring the grant.
âIn recent years, Broomall Fire Company has seen a significant increase in calls to rescue people stranded in their cars or homes due to rising waters during major weather events. We lack the proper protective equipment to perform this type of rescue safely, “Capuzzi said.” Often our firefighters are forced to remove their fire fighting equipment and enter the water without any additional protection. “