Firefighters are always on call, and their gear allows them to save lives and structures.
The Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department has had the same gear for the last 12 years, and has just received notice from Congressman McKinley’s office that it has been awarded a $90,000 grant for 30 sets of new gear.
The fire department is meeting with uniform companies Thursday night before making a decision on the group to go with.
Firefighters said that the new gear will provide better protection, but also takes a heavy weight off their shoulders.
“Everything has really gotten lighter over the years, easier to work in and really for as light as it is, it lasts longer than our old equipment,” said Joe Sellers, fire chief.
The Pennsboro Fire Department averages around 260 calls a year.