Mamou Volunteer Fire

MAMOU - The Mamou Volunteer Fire Department recently received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. The grant was in the amount of $80,000 with 80 percent coming from USDA and 20 percent from the State of Louisiana through the Evangeline Parish Police Jury.

The new equipment was put out for bids by the fire department and the acceptable price came from the Ferrara Fire Equipment Company of Baton Rouge. The fire department was able to purchase 19 new Scott Air Packs with ultra-lite composite bottles. The new air packs are state-of-the-art, just recently being approved by NFPA and the U.S. Military for manufacture.

Working on the grant for the Mamou Volunteer Fire Department was Assistant Fire Chief Chester Granger Jr. with district Fire Chief Garry Reed assisting with the specs and bidding. The process took an entire year to complete, but the results were tremendous. According to Granger, this new equipment will replace old and aging SCBAs with modern equipment. “This will better protect the firemen at a fire and enhance our efforts to rescue people in fires.”

Reed went on to say, “This effort by the volunteer firemen to obtain equipment at no cost to the local citizens is a very great cause that needs to be congratulated; with all the volunteer firemen being commended for their efforts to make our community fire safe.”

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