Fire chief concerned for crew's safety

Fire chief concerned for firemen's safety
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) - The Lepanto Fire Chief is concerned for his crew's safety because their protective equipment is outdated.

Chief David Simmons told Region 8 News the turnout equipment has a 10-year safety rating and their current equipment is 15 years old.

He said getting new equipment will cost roughly $50,000.

Simmons recently applied for a grant through the East Arkansas Development Council.

He hopes the grant becomes available so his crew can be protected.

"The firemen could get burned if they don't have their proper equipment on," Simmons said. "After its rated time frame then it does not give the proper protection, so yes, we are concerned with that."

The grant that the fire department applied for is enough to cover the cost of a full set of turnout equipment.

"We should know by September or October if we get it," Simmons said.

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