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Fort Wayne Fire Department receives federal PPE grant

City of Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Fort Wayne Fire Department is able to equip crews with personal protection equipment for the next year thanks to a federal grant.

A FEMA and Department of Homeland Security program awarded the FWFD $466,693 to purchase PPE and essential supplies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The City of Fort Wayne will contribute a matching portion of $46,693.

The $513,386 is expected to cover PPE costs for the next twelve months.

“Our firefighters have done an excellent job following the guidelines set by the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Allen County Department of Health,” said Fire Chief Eric Lahey.

“To date no firefighter has contracted COVID -19 from their work on the fire department. This award will go a long way toward our efforts to protect our firefighters while they continue to serve the citizens of Fort Wayne.”

The FWFD responds to about 1,000 EMS incidents per month. During each run, firefighters suit up in the full COVID-19 PPE ensemble, which includes a full body splash protection suit, gloves, N-95 mask, goggles or a face shield.

Kayla Crandall

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