- A grant will allow a volunteer fire department make some big upgrades.
The Tomahawk Fire Department found out Thursday that it will get $250,000.
The grant will come from the Bierman Family Foundation.
The fire chief says they have plenty of things that need to be replaced.
"We'll be using that for replacing 3 trucks that need replacement and for upgrading our breathing apparatuses and our lockers and also a washer and dryer that we need very badly for our turnout gear," said Tomahawk Fire Chief John Peeters.
The upgrades will cost about $500,000.
The grant will cover half of that.
The other half will come from fire department savings so there won't be any additional cost to taxpayers.
"That will come from donations received that we've got in our savings and the other will come from the money that's been put aside through the years for the purpose of replacing the equipment," Peeters explained.
The chief says the department needs to make some of the upgrades to keep firefighters safe.
"The breathing apparatuses is one of the bigger things because it's a safety [measure] for the firefighters. And it'll also give them the ability to go in and rescue should we have firefighters down. There's some equipment included in that that will assist," he said.
The department has 28 volunteer firefighters.
The average firefighter has volunteered on the department for 17 years.
|Story By: Lauren Stephenson